They did it! A team of 14 Huntingdon riders took part in a London to Paris cycle ride organised by Luke Claxton as part of his challenge to raise £250,000 for CLIC Sargent in memory of his mum Veronica Claxton.
The team set off and on the second day of the cycle encountered hill after hill after hill in temperatures of 37C over a gruelling 19 hours! This didn’t deter them and they pushed on to finish under the Eiffel Tower knowing they had raised over £10,500.
CLIC Sargent Area Fundraising Manager Karen Roberts said: “This is an amazing achievement. I think the looks on their faces in the photo say it all!
“The Veronica Claxton Memorial Team lead by Luke has raised a phenomenal amount which really will make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cancer.
“If you would like to show your support for Luke and CLIC Sargent please visit Luke’s official JustGiving page.
Luke Claxton said: “After an amazing few days on the road to Paris I'd just once again like to say a huge thank you to everybody who played their part, from family and friends back home to my tremendous team of 13 riders who slogged it out with me around every turn and up every hill in such phenomenal heat, but a very special mention has to go to the five men who supported us all the way, my dad Andy, uncle Martin, and good friends Gary Baillie, Darren Rayner and Danny Smith.
“To be looking at over £12,000 for one event and with all time fundraising homing in on £200,000 just says it all.
“People always say make sure you rest and take a break after each big event but it's never been a chore or something which I feel has burdened me or warranted me 'taking a rest'.
“I absolutely love putting things together and helping these special children and families, so for as long as we keep getting such amazing support we will continue to plod along trying to make a difference."
"Speaking and meeting with Karen at CLIC Sargent as regularly as I do, I know first hand the difference we are making."