Willen Hospice has congratulated 16 cyclists who embarked on a colossal 300km cycle ride from Milton Keynes to Paris, raising more than £20,000, and counting, for the charity.
The team spent four days cycling the route, which took them from the Hospice to Hampton Court in London, where they started their ride to the ferry port at New Haven, across the channel to Dieppe, and onwards through France, before reaching Notre Dame in Paris, their final stop.
The cyclists were given an extra challenge after they were hit by a record-breaking heatwave. They cycled in 40+ degrees, with temperatures reaching a scorching 47 degrees Celsius on the final day.
Dawn Clark, Willen Hospice Challenges Fundraiser, said: “This was an incredible challenge in very difficult weather conditions. The cyclists have raised an incredible amount, with donations still being received. This money will make a huge difference to our patients and their families at a difficult time. Thank you to Chris Blackham and his amazing support team from Cyle4Good for supporting this cycle challenge and ensuring all of our cyclists arrived safe and sound, albeit very hot!”
Chris Blackham from Cycle4Good, said “What a ride and what a challenge - our riders not only had to cycle a phenomenal distance, but also had to do it in increasing temperatures. A stunning achievement but it was worth it for such a great cause!”
Kay Waller, one of the cyclists said “I’m so pleased that we managed to raise such a fantastic amount. I really enjoyed the MK2Paris challenge, it was a great opportunity to make new friends and see some beautiful sights along the way.”
Willen Hospice would like to thank their sponsors, EMW LAW LLP, who joined the cycle challenge, Trek Bikes, Cycle4good and Practical Car and Van rental
Willen Hospice are also encouraging local cyclists to join the Ride for Willen Sportive on Sunday 1 September, leaving from Cranfield University. There are four routes to choose from: 40, 65, 85 miles, plus a new family 5 mile route. More details can be found at www.willen-hospice.org.uk/rideforwillen