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Posted: May 13, 2016
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500km in the saddle for a worthy cause

Joining people from across the Globe, a 7-strong team from Abingdon Health took on the 500km cycle ride from London to Paris with the aim of raising money for the charity Myeloma UK.

Accompanied by a team of sports physios, bike mechanics, motorcycle outriders and a TV crew the 125 riders set off from the Royal Observatory in London (5th May 2016) en route to Paris, passing through Calais, Abbeville, Beauvais on the way. The ride culminated in a ride down the Champs-Elysees and past the Arc-de-Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.

There are approximately 4,800 people diagnosed with myeloma every year in the UK and it is the second most common form of bone marrow cancer and represents 1% of all cancers. Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK focused on myeloma and their key aim is to help myeloma patients live longer and with a better quality of life. Specifically, Myeloma UK tries to ensure myeloma patients and their families get access to the best possible treatment and care. Further details can be found on Myeloma UK’s website: http://www.myeloma.org.uk/

Chris Yates, CEO of Abingdon Health, commented:

“We were delighted to support the great work that Myeloma UK do on a day-to-day basis, supporting myeloma patients and their families. It was a truly humbling experience riding alongside myeloma patients and their family and friends during the four days. Cycling alongside my 125 ride colleagues past the Champs-Elysees will be an experience I’ll never forget.

Many thanks to Myeloma UK and their support partners for organising such a tremendously inspiring event.”

A massive total!

The team managed to fundraise over £10,500 for Myeloma UK. Donations were received at http://www.justgiving.com/Abingdon-Health/

More pictures of our team during the ride can be found by clicking here.