THE LONDON 2 Paris bike ride, spearheaded by former England international footballer Geoff Thomas, looks set to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Cure Leukaemia.
More than 200 cyclists, led by Barnt Green resident Geoff, completed the epic four-day ride which began at Greenwich Park on May 22 and finished at the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
Whilst the rain was torrential on the final day it did not dampen spirits as Team Revolution celebrated long into the night with a Gala dinner at the Marriott Rive Gauche in Paris.
Cure Leukaemia Co-Founder Prof Charlie Craddock CBE took part in the ride with a number of colleagues from the Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff, who had his own Leukaemia battle, said: “This was one of the most enjoyable London 2 Paris rides I have been a part of and it was extra special to have the man who saved my life, Prof Craddock, riding alongside me.
“I know how vital these funds are for people battling the disease and I’d urge all who took part to keep going with their fund-raising because every penny can help save lives.”
Professor Craddock spoke passionately at the Gala dinner describing how the event’s fund-raising would directly benefit blood cancer patients.
Headline sponsors Brewin Dolphin had over 40 riders taking part with a further 60 from fellow wealth management firms Brooks Macdonald, Catley Lakeman, Rathbones and Tilney Bestinvest.
Although the final figure will not be announced until later this year, Brewin Dolphin has already surpassed its target of £125,000 and Brooks Macdonald has raised £56,000 so far.