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Boris Johnson and Alastair Campbell unite in support of charity cycling challenge

Henry Winter
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04 Jul 2011

Political heavyweights Alastair Campbell and Boris Johnson set-aside their differences today to see off four school boys as they cycle from London to Lisbon to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The former Downing Street Director of Communications and the Mayor of London met at Trafalgar Square in support of Louis Metcalfe, 17, Harry Pearson-Gregory, 16, Tom Prebensen, 16 and Boris Johnson’s godson Archie Gilmour.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I am delighted to be here in support of Archie, Louis, Harry and Tom as they endeavour to take on this impressive challenge in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. I wish them all the best of luck and I hope the money keeps rolling in for this very worthy cause.”

Alastair Campbell, Chairman of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “The work Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research do is literally saving lives. This charity relies on people like Louis, Harry, Tom and Archie to raise money for their groundbreaking research into blood cancers. Well done to the boys for taking on this challenge – and I wish them well for the miles ahead!”

The boys will be cycling up to 100 miles per day on a three stage tour from London to Paris, then Nice, before flying to Oporto en route to Lisbon and will face many physical challenges as they come to terms with some of Western Europe’s hottest temperatures.

Louis, who lost his mother to leukaemia when he was just 11 years old said: “We are very grateful to Boris, Alastair and all our sponsors for their generosity and support. When my mum Lily died it was obviously completely devastating for me and my family and I hate that it took her, but sadly this is a disease that affects so many people. The money we raise will go directly to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the vital research they do in to all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”

To date, Louis, Harry, Tom and Archie have raised over £100,000 and have received the support of a host of major companies including Vilebrequin Saint-Tropez, the International Herald Tribune, Specialized, Artemis, Finsbury PR, Cazenove, Close Brothers, itsu, Pret A Manger and Banco Espirito Santo.

To sponsor the boys as they ride to beat blood cancers visit their JustGiving page.