Just after midnight on the 31st May, the Buckled Wheelers set off from the Houses of Parliament, cycling 195 miles to reach the Eiffel Tower in just two days. A month earlier, the team hosted a fantastic fundraising evening at the House of Lords. These two events have been a huge success and have raised an incredible £85,000, which brings the Buckled Wheeler's overall total to more than £100,000!
The team included up to twenty riders for the London to Paris, of which the five key members are Anthony Gee, Dave Shields, Dean Richards, Neil Fletcher and Paul Moors. The Buckled Wheelers support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research because Anthony sadly lost his sister Susan to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 1969; she was just seven years old. In 1960 when Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was founded, a child diagnosed with leukaemia had almost no hope of survival.
It is thanks to the hard work and generosity of our supporters that 9 out of 10 children now survive the most common form of leukaemia. The money our supporters raise funds life-saving research, which is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients.
The Buckled Wheelers know that they couldn't have raised this money without the support they received from their friends, family and sponsors. We would particularly like to thank the staff, customers and suppliers of Security Plus + Ltd, especially the sales director, Robert Philpott, for supporting and sponsoring the team; all the riders and support crew for making the cycle ride more enjoyable; to friends and family who sponsored the riders; Dean and Neil for securing some amazing items for the auction; Andy Ruhan of Bridgehouse Capital Ltd for his generosity; Paul Moors and Jacqueline Rowley from the Bollington Group who both worked tirelessly to raise money and make the events a success; Ian Marshall and Colin Oakes from Metrux who provided support vehicles and helped secure support from Mercedes Benz UK; and Jim Rock from Direct Telecoms for his generosity and assistance on the ride.
We would also like to thank everyone who contributed in any way and helped make these events such a success. The team couldn't have done it without you and neither could we.