Thousands raised with bike ride to Paris

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PROBATION officers who cycled 300 miles from London to Paris in four days have raised almost £16,000 for seriously and terminally-ill children.

Organiser and probation officer Hayley Maidment had only just bought a bike to cycle to work and colleague Kevin didn’t even own a bike and hadn’t cycled for years, but the team, made up of staff from Portsmouth, were determined to raise cash for charity Dreams Come True.

They had 23 people wanting to do the challenge including grandparents and one former cyclist who wanted to get back in the saddle after recovering from a broken back.

Ms Maidment said: ‘The bike ride was just unbelievable and I just have sheer pride in the whole team. The riders were not experienced, some were old, some were overweight, but we all had a ball and completed the challenge and we will have a bond for life.’

Those who did not take part in the bike ride also helped raise cash with cake sales, raffles, quiz nights, and a netball tournament.