London to Paris cycle challenge

A group of 8 Village Water supporters will be pedaling over 200 miles over four days from London to Paris. Leaving on 31st July, they will be spending up to 8 hours a day on the saddle, eventually ending their journey at the Eiffel tower. 

The cycle challenge has been organised by Village Waters financial administrator, Kelvin hall. Kelvin wanted to challenge himself with a long distance route and was spurred on to put together a fundraising cycle team when others were keen to get involved.

"I bought a bike around a year and a half ago and it had been 10 years since I had actually rode yet I immediately started to really enjoy cycling. I felt I needed a goal, something to work towards so I decided on Telford to Shrewsbury (25miles), I completed this on my 3rd week of cycling, it was hard but i felt a great sense of achievement.

I then needed my next challenge and casually mentioned France to my friend Gareth Edwards, not being fully serious at the time but he loved the idea so I then mentioned it to a few other people. Once two of our trustees Richard Pither, Chris Morley and our director Clare Wearden signed up it became very real and so the planning and training began."

Any sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated by the team and go towards changing lives through safe water, sanitation and hygiene in Zambia. To donate text WASH16 £() to 70070.

Pending the outcome of a funding bid, all donations could be matched £1 for £1 by the UK Government. The decision will be made in July so we're keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

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