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Bramhope man's Paris trip for charity
8:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Local news
A man whose sister died of cancer has cycled 300 miles to Paris to support the charity which helped her.
Robert Cross, 27, from Bramhope, undertook the gruelling London to Paris challenge, along with 15 friends, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Between them they have raised more than £5,000 in memory of Robert’s sister Evelyn Cross, who died at the age of 29 last year.
Evelyn, a dedicated teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2010, a month before her wedding. She died in November last year after a brain tumour was also diagnosed.
Her family and friends have been honouring her memory by raising money for cancer charities.
In the latest fundraising venture Robert and his group used a Sat Nav to navigate their way through the British and French countryside over three days.
With many roads no longer existing or impossible to find, they took a few wrong turns and faced appalling weather.
Robert said: “Many people lost energy and patience, but we can laugh about it now.”
The second day brought atrocious conditions.
“We cycled into the heaviest thunder storm I have ever encountered, with hail and heavy rain pouring over us for approximately two hours solid,” Robert said Day three started off even worse, but the group persevered.
“It was the best decision of the tour as we would have felt like we had let ourselves down. We all got on our bikes and to our amazement, the weather was perfect for the whole day,” Robert said.
All of the team managed to make it to Paris where they celebrated by having their picture taken at the Gare du Nord.
Clara White, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Leeds said she was impressed by the group’s determination to complete the ride.
“They all pushed themselves to the ultimate limit to support Macmillan and we hugely appreciate it,” she added. “Every penny they have raised will make a really massive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer so we can make sure no one has to face it alone.”
To support the team’s fundraising, visit justgiving.com/10lads1bigride.