Matt's London to Paris Cycle

£960 of £750 goal

Raised by 38 people in 41 months
Just over 12 months ago, I decided that I needed to challenge myself to raise money for a good cause as part of hitting my 30th birthday in March 2015.

After suffering with high blood pressure and a constant battle with being overweight, I made the decision that something proactive needed to be done to ensure that this would help to deal with both of these issues.

In the early stages of my training, and after learning of how precious life is, the decision was made to raise money in memory and thanksgiving of my younger brother’s friend, Daniel Collins. Daniel died in 2014 after a cry for help went tragically wrong. He was only 22 years old. With the permission of Dan's father I will be raising money for 2 charities.

The first charity is the Samaritans of Dorset at Weymouth and the second charity is `The Project` which is a peer support network offering help to young people with mental health issues in East Devon and West Dorset.
Both charities are aware that I will be raising money for them.

12 months after setting myself this challenge, I can report that training has been progressing well and I can announce that I am at least 4 stone lighter!

For me, this has been something that I have grown to enjoy and I now feel this has rewarded me in more ways than I can explain. The more training I have been doing, the less daunted I have felt about doing the 300 mile trip from London to Paris over 4 days!

The trip is due to start on Wednesday 8 July and I will be arriving in Paris on Saturday 11 July 2015, and all footage should be recorded with my GoPro.

The trip and all the associated costs will be covered by me personally and all money raised will be donated to the charities themselves once the challenge has been completed.

All donations will be gratefully received, and I thank you in advance for them.
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Apologises for the lack of updates, but I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has donated, and supported me along the way.
The organised group trip made it to Paris and I can now safely say that I made good on my challenge to cycle from London to Paris.
I am in the process of collecting all offline sponsored pledges but will keep this page open for the next month in the meantime.
I am also editing some of the video footage taken and collating some of the photos that one of the fellow group members took whilst we were on route, so watch this space!
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Two weeks to go now!
Please do take the time to read my story and the reason behind why this is very important to me and donate as much (or as little) as you can for my ride from London to Paris.
Current donations and offline pledges currently stand at £950, so I am now trying to raise as much as possible for the two charities I am supporting.
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A little under three weeks to go, and thought it best to update on progress with training.
The last few weeks have seen routes consisting of 65-80 miles to ensure I could manage the distance. I did get struck down with a nasty case of 'man-flu' last week and almost back to normal now.
Almost £750 has been donated and pledged so far, but really do hope to raise as much as possible for both charities.
I have decided (as much as it'll pain me) to set a target of£1,500 where if this target is reached, I will wear either a Manchester City / Liverpool football top for the final day riding into Paris (being a Manchester United fan!)
If I raise more than £2,000, then I will be wearing the football top along with a nice pair of cowboy boots bought in Nashville on my trip to America last August. After wearing them for an hour whilst learning the Texas two step, I suffered with major blisters!
There will be a deadline set of the 4th July for either target to be met as I will be leaving for London on 7th July to make the 6:30am start on the 8th July.
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6 weeks left till this actually happens!
On the 6th June, I will be attending 'The Project' event being held at Axminster Guildhall from 7:30pm to 11pm to help promote my ride.
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£960 of £750 goal

Raised by 38 people in 41 months
Created February 8, 2015
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Sarah McGivern
36 months ago

Well done Matt from all of us! Lots of love The McGivern's

Jackie Jones
36 months ago

Well done Matt x

George Fenwick
36 months ago

In Memory of Dan. Good Effort Matt.

Pete Cattermole
36 months ago

Good Luck from all at CB Reid Ltd

Charlotte Bromfield
36 months ago

Good luck Matt you can do it

Lesa Moffitt
36 months ago

All the best Matthew! You've worked so hard i hope you have a great time!! =)

Heather Carter
37 months ago

Good luck Matthew, thank you for raising money for such a good cause. Heather

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