London to Paris Bike Ride

20-24 July 2016

A group of cyclists took to the tarmac in July to raise funds for our charity, YPWD (Berkshire).  The group of nine cyclists (some of whom where novices before undertaking the challenge) cycled from London to Paris, a total of 315 miles.  The group were part of a larger organised event, leaving London at 7.00 am on a Wednesday morning, nervously hoping that they would arrive in Dover on time to catch the ferry.  They then proceeded to cycle for another three full days.  They completed 79 miles on day one, 82 miles on day two, 92 miles on day three and 62 miles on day four.   An absolutely amazing achievement!  

“That thing where people put their souls and bodies on the line for causes close to them and us. In speechless awe.” Quote from Kathy Taylor, Trustee of YPWD (Berkshire)

As Caroline Blanchette (one of he participants) said:  “We do like to push ourselves and fundraise for YPWD (Berkshire), a charity that thinks differently about dementia, a charity close to our hearts.  We therefore embarked on this cycling challenge.  Some of us were very inexperienced cyclists and had to come to terms with the saddle, balance, learning to hold handle bars with one hand and putting in the miles.  But we kept in mind our end goal, helping those living with young onset dementia.  It was an amazing experience and I think we have all grown from it.”

A total of just over £13,000 has been raised by the team, with money still coming in.  If you would like to donate please go to the following link.

If you would like to undertake a challenge in aid of YPWD (Berkshire) please contact Caroline who will be delighted to discuss this further with you.

(Pictured from left in the photo: Mark Blanchette, Dr Julian Mason, Elizabeth Smyth, Caroline Blanchette, Steve Downes, Francesca Booth, Dr Jacqueline Hussey, Vicki Matthews and Elise Morgan.)