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Geoff cycles London to Paris – in his garage

17 APRIL 2020

Whetstone resident Geoff has traded his annual globetrotting Noah’s Ark challenge… for one on his doorstep.

Geoff, who has undertaken a new challenge for Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice every year since 2013, has completed the London to Paris bike ride from his garage. He’s done the whole 306 miles on an exercise bike at home.

He’s now raised well over £25,000 for the charity in memory of his wife, Hilary, who was killed in a road traffic collision. This year’s challenge alone has raised well over £1,000 already. 

Geoff was originally planning to raise money this year by cycling in Cuba and had to change plans because of coronavirus. However, he still wanted to continue to find ways to support the charity. Noah’s Ark has been hit badly by coronavirus, with fundraising decimated. The charity supports children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

Geoff said: “It’s a shame not to go to Cuba, but I still wanted to do my little bit to help. That’s why I’ve undertaken to ride to Paris without actually leaving home. I’m doing this by putting my bike on my turbo trainer and pedaling, pedaling, pedaling until I get there (whilst of course remaining here).”

Alison Goodman, Director of Income Generation and Communications for Noah’s Ark, said: “We salute Geoff’s wonderful effort. He’s turned the challenges of coronavirus into a brilliant opportunity; not only has he had exercise and fun without leaving his front door, he’s raised a phenomenal amount of money to support seriously unwell children. I urge all Noah’s Ark supporters to follow in Geoff’s footsteps and think about any virtual fundraising efforts that they can do from home.”

To donate to Geoff’s London to Paris bike ride go to justgiving.com/fundraising/Geoffrey-Lee4.

Take a look at some of our virtual fundraising events that you can get involved with!

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