HotChillee, London, 8 December 2011 The London-Paris 2011, one of the world's most exciting amateur cycling events, raised a grand total of £195,000 for its three official charities: DEBRA, UK Youth and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in partnership with Geoff Thomas (LLR).
The highest fundraiser, Alastair Hodge, raised £12,775 for DEBRA, taking the Purple Fundraiser Jersey. In recognition of his efforts, he will receive a free entry to The London-Paris 2012 and 2 VIP box seats courtesy of adidas to watch a premiership game at Chelsea, Liverpool or Newcastle. Peter Land also raised a significant £8,770 for LLR and Charlotte Hill raised £6,556.37 for UK Youth.
The London-Paris is one of the premier cycling events and this year was the subject of a 26 minute TV highlights programme broadcast on British Eurosport. Riders experienced an unforgettable 'Tour de France' finish into Paris, with rolling road closures past the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It is the closest the amateur gets to a professional cycling race and allows riders to train and complete the event for charity or for their own personal goals.
LLR and UK Youth London-Paris 2011 team members
Nigel Mansell, president of UK Youth, rode for the second time in 2011 and Geoff Thomas, who previously suffered from Leukaemia, rode with his fundraisers during The London-Paris 2011; this was his fourth time riding the event.
Magnus Backstedt, Vice President at UK Youth, says: "I have now ridden two London-Paris events and can really appreciate the time, effort and motivation it takes to train, fundraise and complete this brilliant ride. Well done to everyone on a fantastic achievement and I look forward to seeing you all on the road in 2012."
The London-Paris 2011 UK Youth team members
Geoff Thomas: "Another amazing L2P and a fantastic fundraising effort from Team Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, raising over £118,000. Well done to Peter who not only was our top fundraiser, he also came out second out of all the riders - brilliant work Peter, and great to hear he's riding again in 2012! Every penny raised will be invested in delivering new and better treatments to patients with blood cancers."
The London-Paris 2011 LLR team members
Louise Tait, Director of Fundraising, DEBRA: "DEBRA is proud to be an official charity partner for the third year running with HotChillee. Thanks to people like Al Hodge, L2P riders to date have raised over £140,000 for DEBRA! Monies raised have made a substantial contribution towards the funding of specialist EB nurses who work throughout the UK. Funds raised from activities such as The L2P also allow us to fund our social care team, provide much needed support grants and fund vital research to find new treatments and ultimately, a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a devastating condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest touch."
Sven Thiele, HotChillee says: "We are very proud to be part of such an incredible fundraising effort. Next year's event will be celebrated with a very special 25th anniversary tie-in to one of the greatest ever Tour de France races in 1987, when Stephen Roche won the Triple Crown. We hope the fundraising efforts, as part of our goal to provide amateurs the chance to ride like professionals in a safe and fun event, will go from strength to strength."