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Physio fundraisers get on their bikes for Scope


A team of physiotherapists from Cheltenham General Hospital have set their sights on completing one of amateur cycling’s most gruelling challenges in aid of charity.

The four physios have trained relentlessly through the wet winter months to take on London to Paris 24, a 280 mile endurance ride between the two cities, organised in aid of Scope.


Starting at midday in London on Saturday 5th July, they will be among 300 riders to embark on a 90 mile journey to Dover, take a ferry to France and then pedal through the night to reach the French capital by lunchtime on Sunday 6th July.

Gareth Hopkins, Emily Graham, Martha Carrick and Chris Williams have already clocked up hundreds of hours of training between them and have a fundraising target of £4,000 to be able to take part in the challenge.

Gareth said: “What started off as no more than a bit of banter in the physio staffroom has escalated into the hard reality of long distance cycling.

“We’re a group of mixed ability cyclists, ranging from zero experience to those that have cycled the length of Britain in a previous fundraising effort.

“It’s a daunting prospect, but as well as the personal challenge we all want to raise as much money as possible for Scope, who do such great work to support people with disabilities.”

Emily added, “We regularly work with people who find the courage and determination to face daily physical challenges, and raising money to support them in some way is a great motivator.”

The clock is already ticking for the physio team as they need to meet their fundraising target by mid April just to be able to make it to the starting line.

Friends, family and local businesses have been very generous, but now they are hoping that if more people find out about the challenge they will be kind enough to pledge money to help improve life for children and adults living with disability.

To sponsor the Physios4Scope team please visit their JustGiving page at: or text PHYS98 and the amount, e.g. £10 to 70070.