This week a team of 40 Diabetes UK staff and supporters returned from France after successfully completing a gruelling three-day charity cycle challenge from London to Paris. Covering 300km between two of Europe's great capitals, the challenge began in London on Friday 9 and ended at the Eiffel tower on Sunday 11 September 2011, raising over £40,000 for the charity.
On day one of the challenge the cyclists faced a 75 mile journey from London to Dover before catching the ferry to Calais. Day two saw the cyclists cover a further 75 miles through the Seine Valley before completing the final 50 miles on day three, when they arrived in Paris for a well-deserved glass of champagne.
Cycle challenge raised over £40,000
Hannah Mullervy, Diabetes UK Events Manager (who also took part in the challenge), said, "On behalf of everyone at Diabetes UK, I would like to convey our thanks to the London to Paris team. We are delighted at the number of people who decided to take up this challenge and raise crucial money to help Diabetes UK.
"So far we have raised over £40,000 but with sponsorship still coming in, I’m hoping the final total will be nearer £50,000. The funds raised will go a long way in supporting people living with diabetes and fund research into finding a cure."