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Well that's that! Mission accomplished, London to Paris Bike ride completed at about 4pm on Saturday 20th July, on yet another hot, sunny day, under the Eiffel Tower.

 

Having cycled over to Bexleyheath on Tuesday 16th with panniers containing my clothes, etc, for the trip, to stay overnight with a friend, I was ready to set off, (no luggage to carry this time thank goodness), with about 140 others, riding for various charities, at 7:00 am on Wed 17th, from the Bexley start point.

 

We had to get to Dover to catch the 5:25 pm ferry to Callais, so the early start was advisable. Once we were out in the Kent countryside, the ride became very pleasant. Lovely weather, beautiful countryside and picturesque villages. I arrived in Dover at about 2 pm, so plenty of time to relax and regroup until we cycled en masse onto the ferry. Just 90 minutes later and we were in France. Then a few miles further and we reached our overnight stop.

 

Day 2, 30C still, great scenery, 75 miles, and we were in Arras. Day 3, same again, and we reached Compiegne. This involved riding through the Region of the Somme and the route took us past many war memorials and military cemeteries which was a very poignant and moving reminder of what went on in this beautiful part of the world during WW1. Day 4, and we reached our destination. It took a while to account for all the riders at our assembly point in front of the Pompidou centre, before we set of as one group to ride down the Champs Elysees, then on to the finish at the Eiffel Tower. We must have played havoc with the traffic, but were well received by drivers and pedestrians alike. It was very uplifting.

 

A couple of 'plastics' of slightly warm Champagne and a 'gold' medal each, some meeting and greeting between riders and partners, etc, and we rode off to our final overnight stop.  

 

After a pleasant day on Sunday 21st mooching around Paris, the 8:40 pm (local time) Eurostar conveyed me back to St Pancras, arriving at 10 pm. A trifling 2hrs and 20 mins later!!!  I was delighted to be met by a small band of cheering supporters who, in spite of my protests and insistence that I wanted to ride home (..........and if you believe that........) they whisked me, my luggage, and my trusty bike back to Barnet.

 

So, total mileage 326. The extra training that I did really paid off, I made good time (it wasn't a race, but, you know how it is), and got up some testing climbs without too much trouble.

 

On the all-important fund raising effort, I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response and generosity that my appeal has received. The total online and offline figure stands at £6328 today. There were anonymous donations, and donations from people that I don't know. Hopefully they will revisit this page out of curiosity, because it is the only way that I can thank them.My own donation covers the organiser's costs, there's no way that I wanted supporter's sponsorship money to cover my ‘Trip’.

 

I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to do this for such a worthy charity as 'noah's ark children's hospice' and so grateful for the support given to me to help me achieve something really worthwhile in Hilary's memory. 

 

 

 

Best wishes,

 

Geoff Lee.

 

 

 

Raising money for

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

Charity Registration No. 1081156

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice aims to provide practical support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families living in North London, making the difficult times a little easier to bear. Help us make every precious moment count for families who do not have the gift of time.

Donations 96

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Great total Geoff! Great cause! Great lady!

Donation by rosemary burton on 25/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Geoff!

Donation by Sandra Allagapen on 02/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement for a wonderful cause - Well done, Geoff. Linda (ex-colleaugue at VS Barnet)

Donation by Linda Harlow on 29/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Jeff.

Donation by Brigid Horgan on 27/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Geoff. I know just how tough this is and I'm sure Hilary would be very proud of you.

Donation by Sally and John Graveling on 21/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes from a Globe steward

Donation by Camilla Imperiali on 18/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Geoff - best of luck. A great cause and lovely to do it in Hilary's memory.

Donation by Joanna (a fellow Globe steward) on 15/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Geoff, I'll be thinking of you and Hilary

Donation by Walter on 15/07/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Go Geoff! So proud of you. Love Charlotte & Paul xxx

Donation by Charlotte Ballinger on 15/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck will look forward to hearing about it!

Donation by Jane Nicholson on 10/07/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck on your tour de France.

Donation by Mary and Chris Pratt on 05/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by Jill Morgan on 05/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Go for it Rocky!! We are all so proud Dad. Love you loads. Joe, Ruth, Owen and Alfie

Donation by JAJ Lee on 04/07/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Geoff - a great cause and a wonderful way to honour Hilary's memory

Donation by Nicola Gowan - Cadogan Hall volunteer on 24/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck to you Geoff from a Cadogan Hall volunteer who remembers how much Hilary enjoyed being part of the team.

Donation by Ann-Marie on 20/06/13

£20.00

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Good luck, Geoff. I hope the ride goes well, and we'll all look forward to hearing about it. Such a good cause, and in Hilary's memory.

Donation by Mary Howell, Cadogan Hall volunteer on 20/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anne Bridle on 18/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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A wonderful thing to do in Hilary's memory Geoff. I'm sure all at Cadogan wish you an enjoyable ride.

Donation by Margery Aspa on 17/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hats off to you Geoff. What a splendid way to raise money. Personally I'd just go for the Paris bit !! Good luck Jane and Roger

Donation by Jane De la mare on 09/06/13

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Good luck Geoff, Hilary would be proud of you (but then she always was).

Donation by Elaine Cass on 07/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Through your dedication and skill you will create a huge opportunity for many children, a fantastic achievement and legacy from both you and Hilary x

Donation by Evelyne Welch on 04/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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If you're going to be in France with your bike anyway, I've heard that Team Sky now have a spare spot on their TdF team! Seriously, good luck!!

Donation by Andrew Jordan on 02/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Geoff, we rode out with St. Christopher's together years ago. You were an old hand I was a novice. Lammy told me about your fundraising. Good Luck

Donation by Phil Magnus on 24/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hope this will help Geoff, best of luck for the ride.

Donation by Graham Brookes on 21/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hope the wind is all in the right direction for you Geoff. Enjoy Paris! (I worked with Hilary at Stroke Association)

Donation by Kate Hodson on 20/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,850.00
  • Offline donations£3,498.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,348.00
  • Gift Aid£635.00

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