Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton is to embark on a three-day fundraising cycle ride from London to Paris tomorrow (Thursday 8 July) to raise funds for Diabetes UK and Heart Research UK. Fabian, 55, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year, will be accompanied by his daughter, Ella, 25, on the ride.
Hoping to raise £10,000
Fabian is hoping to raise £10,000 for Diabetes UK and Ella is raising money for Leeds-based charity Heart Research UK. The ride will begin at 10am from New Palace Yard in London’s Palace of Westminster where Fabian and his daughter will be waved off by House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow.
Arc de Triomphe arrival on Saturday
They will cycle across beautiful English countryside, passing through quaint English villages before crossing the channel at Newhaven and arriving in Dieppe. They will then continue their journey through the French countryside before arriving at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the evening of Saturday 10 July, where they will be greeted by Paris-based British journalists.
“Ella and I are really excited about this challenge. We want to raise awareness about diabetes and encourage people to dig down deep and help us raise money for this fantastic cause," said Fabian.
Funds to help people with diabetes across the UK
“The money we raise will help Diabetes UK support people with diabetes across the UK and raise the public’s awareness of the condition so it can be diagnosed earlier. Early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes is crucial in reducing the risk of developing life-changing complications,” he added.
Ann Rowe, Diabetes UK Head of Fundraising for the Northern and Yorkshire region, said, “We are very grateful for the support of Mr Hamilton and his daughter. Along with all our fundraisers, they are raising essential funds for people diagnosed with diabetes across the UK.
“I would urge everyone to sponsor Mr Hamilton and his daughter for their outstanding fundraising efforts, and support them in the fight to make diabetes a condition of the past.”
You follow Fabian and Ella's progress via Twitter -@fabianhamilton