James completes London to Paris cycle challenge in aid of Starlight

James Jarvis, from Richmond, has completed a spectacular tower to tower tour from London’s Crystal Palace Tower to Paris’ Eiffel Tower in just three days. The grueling 320 mile cycle was undertaken to raise funds for Starlight Children’s Foundation, the UK’s leading wish granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses, and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Undertaking the ambitious three day cycle challenge alongside James were teammates Chris Williams, Kev McMurdo, Charlie Lee, Michael Roberts, Jim Rudall, and James Moffat. Together the team completed the journey well within their target time, which was particularly impressive given that they were covering the distance unsupported and carrying all their own equipment, whilst battling against torrential rain for the full three days of cycling.   

The team had been training hard for three months in order to be in peak condition for the cycle, but one of James’ teammates, Jim Rudall, was broke his leg and had to pack his training into an astounding four weeks, yet still managed to complete the challenge with his team. 

James said: “We thought it was going to be fairly relaxed but little did we realise that we would be competing with unbelievable headwinds, endless downpours and a really tough cycling route. We were looking for an adventure that would truly challenge us but, as we all work, it had to be one that we could pack in to a long weekend and this certainly met the criteria!  At times it was simply horrendous but I am thrilled that we made it!
“One of our team was severely ill as a child and spent a great amount of time in hospital and his story inspired us to support Starlight. We are delighted that we have been able to raise funds for the incredible work the charity does for children with serious and terminal illnesses, providing fun and laughter to help them forget their pain and fear.”
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=london2pariscycle&isTeam=true or you can call Starlight directly on 020 7262 2881.


Contact: Henny Breakwell
Email: henny@starlight.org.uk
Tel: 020 7262 2881 #231
Starlight grants a once-in-a-lifetime wish for seriously and terminally ill children, restoring the magic and fun of childhood and giving the whole family happy memories to share, whatever the future holds.

Starlight also creates entertainment in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK. Sick children go to Starlight parties, laugh their way through pantomimes, go out on Starlight Escapes, play games and watch films on the Starlight Fun Centre, and enjoy the toys and puzzles of the Starlight Distraction Box. Happy children respond better to treatment and Starlight helps children to forget about their illness and simply have a bit of fun.

You can make a donation online or by calling us on 020 7262 2881. For every £1 you donate, Starlight can assure you that 91p goes towards helping very ill children. To refer a child for a wish, simply complete our wish referral form.