A team of paramedics have completed a three day bike ride across England in aid of two local charities before the professionals follow their lead in the Tour de France.
Nine paramedics, an emergency medical dispatcher, an RAF Tornado technician and a cycling journalist finished the epic 549km journey from Leeds to London and raised just under £3,000.
The money will be split between St Luke's Hospice, which looks after people with cancer and other serious progressive illnesses in Harrow and Brent and ORCHYD, a charity which provides residential holidays for disabled children in Ruislip.
The Pace VC Charity Tour ended on Monday, June 30 and was the idea of two paramedics: Liam O'Connor, 24, of St Andrews Close, Stanmore, and David Carter, 30, of Wyevale Close, Pinner, who often take patients to St Luke's Hospice in Kenton Road, Kenton.
Mr O'Connor, who volunteers for Ruislip-based ORCHYD, said before the race began: “We decided to fundraise for a local charity because if you get a significant amount of money then it would mean more.
“Everyone I have asked always speaks very highly of the hospice, including some colleagues who have had family members who have received care there.”
The team completed several fundraising events before they set off on Saturday, June 28, including a sponsored turbo training session in St Ann’s Shopping Centre in St Ann’s Road, Harrow, in May.
The Tour de France Grand Depart kicks off in Leeds on Saturday, July 5 and will see cyclists finish the route in the Mall in London on Monday, July 7 before heading across the channel and completing the race in Paris on July, 27.