Riding for a Horsham-based charity is just divine for Davina McCall.
Dedicated Davina hosted the Big Sussex Bike Ride for Action Medical Research for the sixth time and it is expected to raise about £30,000 when all the sums are finalised.
Skating legend Jayne Torvill was among 450 cyclists of all abilities raising much-needed funds for sick and disabled babies and children.
Davina said after riding the 68-mile champion route: “I always love doing this ride, it’s such a fun, friendly day out but it’s also in aid of a fantastic cause which I grew up with so it’s very close to my heart.
“If you didn’t join us this year, I think you should sign up straight away for 2017! It’s great to have something to train for to keep you fit and also you’re helping to fund research into some rare and debilitating conditions.”
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research it has funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
Action Medical Research is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
This year Action Medical Research opened up the ride to supporters of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, as it celebrates working in partnership with the charity to jointly fund over £2m of research.
Paula Ray, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for the region, said: “Everyone who took part had a great day from the moment they were waved off by Davina at the start and we’re on our way to raising at least £30,000 to help develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children.”