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Berkshire cyclists ride to Paris for charity

Group raised £13,000 for local causes

Berkshire cyclists ride to Paris for charity

A group of Berkshire cyclists took to the tarmac last month in a bid to raise funds for a local charity.

The nine riders set off from London to Paris on July 20, pedalling a total of 315 miles in four days, and raised £13,000 for Younger People with Dementia for their efforts.

One of the cyclists, Caroline Blanchette, said: “We do like to push ourselves and fundraise for YPWD Berkshire, a charity that thinks differently about dementia and that is close to our hearts.

“We therefore embarked on this cycling challenge.

“Some of us were very inexperienced cyclists and had to come to terms with the saddle, balance, learning to hold handlebars with one hand and putting in the miles.

“But we kept in mind our end goal – helping those living with young onset dementia.

“It was an amazing experience and I think we have all grown from it.”

Trustee of YPWD Berkshire, Kathy Taylor, said: “That thing where people put their souls and bodies on the line for causes close to them and us – in speechless awe.”

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