Riders on The London-Paris 2012, the amateur cycling event that provides participants with a Grand Tour experience, raised a total of £260,493.82 for the event's four official charities: DEBRA, UK Youth, The Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in partnership with Geoff Thomas (LLR).
Nigel Mansell riding The London-Paris to help raise money for UK Youth
The highest fundraiser, David Casterton, raised an astounding £35,258.61 for DEBRA. In recognition of his efforts, he will receive a free entry to The London-Paris 2013, a special year as HotChillee celebrates the event's 10th anniversary. David Casterton will wear the Chazal Purple Fundraiser Jersey for the duration.
Louise Tait, Director of Fundraising and Communications, DEBRA, says: "DEBRA is thrilled with another successful fundraising year through The London-Paris. David Casterton of ICAP has been supporting DEBRA for many years and in this latest challenge he has raised an astonishing £35,258.61 to support those who live with the cruel and currently incurable Epidermolysis Bullosa. David has a specific interest in the Sohana Research Fund which is a DEBRA fund focussed on the exciting potential of special bone marrow cells, with a trial taking place at GOSH next year. Thank you David, from DEBRA and from the EB community."
UK Youth and DEBRA riders, ride alongside one another in The London-Paris 2012
The London-Paris is a must-do cycling event and each year is the subject of a TV highlights programme broadcast on British Eurosport. Riders experience an unforgettable 'Tour de France' finish into Paris. Cycling enthusiasts, professionals, legends and celebrities all cycle together in the seeded groups. With motorbike outriders, rolling road closures in France, lead vehicles and mechanical support, it is the closest the amateur gets to a professional cycling race and allows riders to train and complete the event for charity or for their own personal goals.
David Casterton, CEO of Global Broking, ICAP, says: "The London-Paris was a truly unforgettable experience and I cannot wait to do it again in 2013. It will be an honour to wear the Purple Jersey and I am incredibly pleased to have raised the funds for DEBRA. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a terrible condition. Hopefully one day very soon a cure will be found through the gene research being done."
The teams from ICAP celebrating at The London-Paris 2012 finish line, including David Casterton
Sven Thiele, founder of HotChillee, says: "This year's fundraising efforts are breath-taking and it makes us all very proud to be part of something that can raise funds to help some very worthy charities. CSR and fundraising lies at the heart of our organisation. Our cyclists, partners and sponsors have helped charities all over the world. We will continue to help the work of charities striving for a better world through all our events."
Over the years both individuals and teams have raised a significant amount on HotChillee's Global Events Series for many charities, including Schools for Children of Cambodia (SCC) - schooling and education for the disadvantaged; Morning Star for AIDs orphans in Africa; Christel House - schooling and education for the disadvantaged in South Africa; Geoff Thomas Foundation - Leukaemia research; DEBRA - helping people with genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa; UK Youth helping young people achieve their potential; The Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust - raising funds to provide sports facilities at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
LLR fundraisers enjoying The London-Paris 2012
Each year, during the Cape Rouleur, the newest addition to HotChillee's Global Events Series, HotChillee also sponsors local and up and coming riders to do the event.
For more images from The London-Paris 2012, please go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wnte2tdcaa4bxuj/OpJvOBqBqU
For The London-Paris 2012 Eurosport programme, please go to: http://www.londres-paris.com/eurosport_coverage_2012.php