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Charity Cycle Challenge Raises £36,000

A group of 40 parents, friends, teachers, and charity workers have raised £36,000 by completing a challenging two-day cycle ride.

The ambitious fundraisers from Barnes Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE School in Richmond, and Skylarks Charity took on the 300km journey from London to Paris.

Pedalling through picturesque countryside and crossing the Channel by ferry from Newhaven to France, the cyclists journeyed through historic towns of Northern France and concluded their fundraising adventure at the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

"What a phenomenal experience,” said James Beddall, a parent, from Barnes Primary School.

“I was so proud to be a part of our team of riders who took on this incredible challenge. We persevered through some appalling weather conditions but the dedication to supporting our school and Skylarks Charity was amazing."

Skylarks supports 0-25-year-olds with additional needs and their families. Primarily funded by donations, Skylarks offers activities, therapies and SEND education advice, serving 4,600 families annually across the nation.

The preparation for the London-Paris bike ride took many hours of training, each weekend over several months,” said Siobhan Burn, Activities Leader at Skylarks Charity.

“I knew that each mile covered and each meter of elevation gained was worthwhile, as the sponsorship money raised for Skylarks enables us to support more families with an ever-expanding variety of activities, therapies and services.

“At the heart of Skylarks, is our desire and ability to support, not just the child with additional needs or disabilities, but their siblings, parents and extended family.”

For more information about Skylarks visit the Skylarks Charity website.




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