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Horsham Charity raises £200,000 at Champions of CycleSport Dinner

The 2014 Champions of CycleSport Dinner, supported by Broadstone and BDO LLP, freewheeled to success, raising around £200,000 for Horsham based children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The event, now in its fifth year, and organised by the charity, took place on Thursday, November 27 at the Battersea Evolution, with cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE as the event ambassador.

Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, Jody Cundy MBE, Stephen Roche, Dean Downing, Dani King MBE, Hannah Walker, Jon Mould, Yanto Barker, Ian Wilkinson, Dean Downing, Martyn Ashton, Roger Hammond, Tom Stewart, Matti Hemmings, and Jason Queally also attended.

The evening was hosted by Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan, and presenter, commentator and cartoonist Marty MacDonald returned as MC. The Cycle Show host and TV presenter Matt Barbet welcomed everyone, David Millar spoke to the audience via a pre-recorded message, and supporter Davina McCall narrated films about riders and the work of the charity.

Guests had the chance to bid for some highly-coveted, money-can’t-buy lots in the live and silent auctions. BBC ‘Match of the day’ commentator Simon Brotherton hosted the live auctions, and artist Paul Oz had created a portrait of Sir Dave Brailsford CBE which raised £4000.

Sarah Stevenson, who organises the event for Action Medical Research, said: “My highlights this year included cycling legend Monty Young, (who recently turned 80)not only signing copies of the Pedal Club Golden Book but also the amazingly long list of awesome champions who attended.”

Sir David Brailsford CBE said: “I always love coming to the Champions of CycleSport dinner and I’m proud to support it. The CycleSport dinner is a celebration of all that’s great about cycling – in the UK as a whole and in particular the rides that Action Medical Research has put on over the past year.”

For details of Action Medical Research’s cycling events visit www.action.org.uk/cycling.

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