London to Paris ride to raise over £500,000


Posted Monday 16th July 2012 –

TV’s Dr Dawn Harper, from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, will join over 300 cyclists and help raise over £500,000, as she takes to the saddle for the London to Paris bike ride for a children’s charity on Wednesday 18 July. Action Medical Research runs one of the biggest and longest-running London to Paris events in the charity sector, with its riders arriving in the French capital on the day before the finale of the Tour de France.

Dawn, who did the DIVA100 in Warwickshire in May, has been involved with Action Medical for several years. She will be cycling from London’s Kingston University to Paris with her husband and son.

She says: “I have always enjoyed bike rides organised by Action Medical Research. They take special care of their cyclists, have well-stocked feed stops and most of all ensure a fantastic day out in the saddle. Its guilt-free indulgence for a very worthy cause – raising money for sick babies and children.”

Dr Dawn Harper from the TV show Embarassing Bodies

Running from 18 – 22 July, there are four 300-mile routes to choose from, including two new options this year. As part of its expanding programme of women’s rides, the charity will for the first time be offering a women-only route and there is also a new route via Caen, Alencon and Evreux, which is open to all and passes through beautiful Normandy countryside. Both of these take four days to complete.

Money raised by the ride will help fund vital medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and premature birth, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For more information and to register for 2013 visit or call 01403 327443.