On Thursday 22 May 2014, a small group of very amateur cyclists will embark upon a 4 day 247 mile cycle route from St Paul's Cathedral in London to Notre Dame in Paris. This has been in the pipeline for a long time so I'm delighted to confirm that each of us now has a bike, a helmet and a one way Eurostar ticket from Paris to London - no going back now!
Some of us are cycling for fun, some using the venture as an opportunity to raise funds for a charity close to our hearts. Eleanor Kearon, James Westropp and Jess Westropp (née Kearon), Curtis Moran and Paula Woolfson will be raising funds for the Peter Westropp Memorial Trust, in memory of a very special human.
Peter would have loved the idea of a group of amateurs embarking upon a physical challenge which no-one was naturally in shape for, but everyone being positive and supportive of eachother and with the carrot of being in the midst of France's beautiful countryside.
The Peter Westropp Memorial Trust donates directly to charities, currently the Carer's Trust. Carers are people who care and provide unpaid assistance to family and friends unable to cope on their own and the Carer's Trust helps those carers to cope with the emotional and physical strain of caring by providing comfort and encouragement. More information about the Trust's work is available here. But it is a very fitting cause knowing the type of person Peter was.
Peter had a love of the human spirit and an extraordinary ability and desire to make a meaningful connection with those he met. Those of us who were lucky enough to know him felt the positive effect of his kindness and empathy for ourselves and others in a very real way. We are embarking on this challenge in his honour and hope that he will be proud of us and imagine him cheering us on on the tricky hill bits. If you would like to donate, please follow the link below. If you cannot donate for whatever reason, many thanks for visiting this page anyway and thank you for your support.
Hopefully all goes well in May!