Workmates' London to Paris challenge to battle polio

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 September 2012

Ian Burrage of PrintFactor handing over the shirts they have printed for the ride to Leighton Smith, Liam Jones, Tim Pavey, Alex Travis, Neal Langson, Finlay Travis and Luke Warren.

Ian Burrage of PrintFactor handing over the shirts they have printed for the ride to Leighton Smith, Liam Jones, Tim Pavey, Alex Travis, Neal Langson, Finlay Travis and Luke Warren.

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NINE workmates are putting some real pedal power in to raising thousands of pounds for an organisation in North Somerset.

The colleagues, from Worle Glass and Joinery, will set off from London tomorrow (Fri) as they try to cycle to Paris.

They are undertaking the challenge to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Mendip, which helps various charities across the world and is currently committed to eradicating polio.

Seven of them will cycle the 250-mile route, which will see them travel to Newhaven in East Sussex before taking a ferry to Dieppe, while the other two will be back-up drivers.

Team member Leighton Smith says the nine – who range in age from 17 to their mid-50s – were inspired to raise funds for the organisation by their manager, who is a member of the club.

The club is currently raising money to go towards immunisation programmes treating polio sufferers around the world.

After India was declared polio-free earlier this year the organisation is fighting to eradicate the viral disease in other countries.

The team will set off from London tomorrow, with the route expected to take five days to complete.

Mr Smith, aged 32, said: “We’ve been training as much as we can, at weekends we’ve been cycling as a group.

“We’ve been cycling about 35 miles after work every day.”

The father of two, from Langport Road, Weston, continued: “We’ve mapped out the route but that’s the bit that we’re most worried about – we don’t want to get lost.”

If you want to donate to the group’s appeal, visit the store in the Worle Industrial Estate, Coker Road.

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