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On 21st August 2009 I will be setting off from London to cycle to Paris to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of my sister-in-law Caroline.

Caroline was one of the most active and generous people I have ever met.  She had completed a Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award and was a junior leader for DofE.  She had recently started the training for the next stages of DofE leadership.  She was a keen horse rider and was helping to teach others to ride at her local stables.  She was also a keen athlete, running regularly and attending the gym.

Caroline died of Meningo-Encephalitis in August 2006 while on holiday with her Parents.  She died just two days before she would have received her A-Level results, guaranteeing her of a place at Salford University, reading a Sports Science degree.

This year would have been a double celebration as Caroline would have just turned 21 and I have just had my 40th birthday.  I wanted to do something to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation, who gave our family so much help and support when Caroline died, and to celebrate a life that was cut so tragically short.

My challenge will see me cycle nearly 200miles/320km through two different countries over three days.  I will cycle from Tower Bridge in London to Newhaven (69miles/110km) on the first day where I will catch a ferry to Dieppe in France.  On day 2 I will cycle from Dieppe to Gournay (54miles/86km) through the picturesque French countryside before the final 79miles/127km ride to Paris to finish by cycling down and then back up the famous Avenue Des Champs Elysees, around the Arc De Triomph and finish at the Trocadero Gardens.

I need to raise a minimum of £1,350, however my aim is raise at least £2,000.  Meningitis Research Foundation fund research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes.  They promote education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and give support to people affected.  Their vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia.

Thank you for visiting my page and for your support – the Meningitis Research Foundation and I am very grateful.

Paul


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Raising money for

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation

Charity Registration No. England 1091105,SC037586, Ireland CHY 12030

Meningitis Research Foundation funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. The Foundation promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected.

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Better late than never ... well done Paul.

Donation by richard peck on 23/11/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Donation by Beth Evans on 24/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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From the window cleaner

Donation by Sarah Smith on 09/09/09

£10.00

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Well Done - sorry it's late

Donation by Emma Fletcher on 29/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Donation by Southern Chap on 28/08/09

£105.00

+ £29.62 Gift Aid

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Very well done Paul

Donation by Simon Jones on 28/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done

Donation by Alan Sayers on 24/08/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Will make it £100 if you take the tour de france route instead...

Donation by Cam Heath on 19/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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You've done the hard work in training so enjoy the ride, every confidence it will be a breeze, just be careful of wearing the Lance Jersey into Paris

Donation by Edward Godbold on 17/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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good luck!!!!!

Donation by Ruth Watkinson on 16/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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All the best and have a great week off afterwards away from a saddle!

Donation by Ian Harris on 04/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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All the best Paul - just don't think about how far it is!!

Donation by Hugh Collier on 02/08/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Good luck - L & K luch

Donation by Lucio Payne on 31/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Just think, you'll be walking like John Wayne for weeks afterwards ;-)

Donation by Mark Parsley on 31/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Enjoy!

Donation by Dean Garner on 31/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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well done Paul - and just think of all these yummy escargot - guid luck.

Donation by Isobel Morrison on 31/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck!!

Donation by Emily St Quintin on 31/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Best of luck, make sure you stock up on the cakes before you leave

Donation by Paul Brennan on 31/07/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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I have nothing but admiration (and a small donation!)...I do 6 miles each way to/from work and that's enough...

Donation by Stewart Burchell on 31/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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not long now....

Donation by Christopher Hussey on 31/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Send me a postcard from Paris Daddy (donation from Jonathan)

Donation by Sarah Smith on 30/07/09

£8.00

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Good luck and enjoy the ride !!

Donation by john loveday on 28/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Best wishes to you during your cycle journey.

Donation by Susan Morris on 17/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck. I hope that in true NU (or AVIVA) IT anorak style you've made a spreadsheet detailing your training!

Donation by Joanna Pedlow on 10/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck fella. Hopefully those new wheels will help out ;-)

Donation by Tim Fernau on 25/06/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,040.00
  • Offline donations£395.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,435.00
  • Gift Aid£468.77

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