Much loved actor and current King of the Jungle Christopher Biggins took time out of his busy schedule to meet fundraisers, including 96 year old Fauja Singh, after they completed the annual Birmingham to London bike ride in aid of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.
The presentation took place on Sunday 27 January at the Wyke Green Golf Club, Isleworth, where the star was presented with a cheque for £25,368.44 from SACA, the organisers behind the event.
SACA also took the opportunity to announce that, further to the success of last year’s event, they have nominated CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA to be the beneficiary of the event for a second year running. Deputy CEO of CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA Peter Reynolds said “We are honoured to be the nominated charity for a second year. It is a privilege to be associated with SACA again and we look forward to another successful event”.
Over 250 cyclists covered over 130 miles in July last year, enduring unseasonably adverse weather conditions throughout. Fauja Singh (aged 96), who currently holds eight different UK, European and world running records in the men over 90 age category, ran in a relay, with a team of ten other runners, along the same route as the cyclists, to show their support for the riders
Biggins beat eleven celebrities to be crowned King of the Jungle in November last year, on ITV’s Primetime show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’. Talking from the event he said “Well the bush tucker trials really pale into insignificance compared to the lengths these wonderful supporters have gone to in order to raise vital funds for a wonderful cause. The money raised will be used to fight the UK’s most common childhood cancer and is much needed, so all I can say is a huge thank you”.
Esther Lay, from SACA said “We’re delighted to able to donate over £25,000 to such a worthy cause. I would like to thank each and every rider, whose dedication and support has resulted in a fantastic contribution to CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA and look forward to working with them again in 2008”.
The Annual Birmingham to London Charity Bike Ride is one of the most challenging rides organised in the UK. The event has been held each year since 1989, when a group of 14 aspiring youths decided to establish a challenge that could help both local and national children's charities. They considered a number of sporting events that would test both their determination and personal fitness. They also considered the key element of working as a team and supporting each other.
Each year SACA choose a children’s charity to benefit from the event. CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is the sole beneficiary of the 2007 event. To date the ride has raised over £135,000 for children’s charities.
Notes to Editors
CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA is Britain’s leading national charity dedicated exclusively to the conquest of childhood leukaemia through pioneering research, new treatment and support of leukaemic children and their families.
When using the charity name CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA, please use full capitals for the words CHILDREN and LEUKAEMIA. Registered Charity No. 298405
Please include contact details for donations:
Telephone: 020 7404 0808
SACA, a 100% volunteer charity organisation, is the main organiser of the Birmingham to London bike ride. For more information, please go to www.charitybikeride.com
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