Paris cycle challenge success in leukaemia fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 October 2013

Rachel Ellis in Paris having completed the 300 mile cycle from London

Rachel Ellis in Paris having completed the 300 mile cycle from London


A Welwyn Garden City woman cycled 300 miles to raise money for a cancer charity after her grandmother was diagnosed with the illness.

Rachel Ellis, of Hocklands, peddled to Paris to raise money and awareness of leukaemia and has so far secured £1,500.

Over a four-day stint, starting on September 18, she cycled from Crystal Palace in London to the French capital.

And a week before her mammoth cycle, she biked to Brighton from London on September 10 to fundraise for Dementia UK.

“My aunt suffers from dementia and I went to see her, she lives in a care home, and it was just such a massive change from when I last saw her,” said Rachel.

“I just wanted to do something to help.”

The 20-year-old is now planning to enter next year’s Three Cities Challenge, where she will travel from London to Amsterdam and then onto Brussels.

“It is hard work but I can change a lot of people’s lives with the money I raise,” she said.

Rachel would also like to thank her friends, family and everyone who has sponsored her.

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