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Displaying Cycle London Paris 2012 Mayor Palmer Richmond Morph


London to Paris cyclists raise £50,000 for JDRF

All 35 cyclists taking part in the JDRF Cycle London to Paris 2012 reached the finish line on Sunday afternoon after a gruelling 229 mile cycle. The team have also tallied up an amazing £50,000 for JDRF so far, with donations still coming in.

The three-day expedition started at Twickenham Rugby Stadium on Friday morning, with the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Rita Palmer, waving off the dedicated cyclists.

Councillor Palmer said: “I was honoured to be asked to officially start the challenge. I can’t even begin to imagine the day to day life of someone with the condition and I too hope that one day a cure will be found.”

Two JDRF employees and team members completed the entire challenge wearing ‘Morphsuits’, – an all in one suit that covers the whole of the body from head to toe.

David Newman, JDRF’s Head of Public Affairs, Richmond resident and Morphsuit wearer said: “I’m delighted to have taken part in such a memorable challenge. It was a massive test, but nothing compared to what someone with type 1 diabetes has to go through every single day. JDRF campaigns to raise awareness of the condition and supports research to hopefully one day be able to find a cure.”

We would like to congratulate every cyclist who took part in JDRF Cycle London to Paris 2012 for raising such a fantastic sum of money to help JDRF fund research into the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Click here to view photos from the start of the challenge on Flickr