Dan Silas bike ride

Dan Silas raised more than £1,700 for Partnership for Children by cycling from London to Paris.

His five-day journey started at Greenwich in South East London, home to the Royal Observatory and famous for Greenwich Mean Time. Together with 70 other cyclists, he headed for the port of Dover, on England’s south coast. The group crossed the English Channel on an evening ferry, spent a night in Calais and then headed for Paris.

‘I do a fair bit of cycling and ride to work every day, but cycling all day and every day was pretty gruelling, harder than I’d expected,’ said Dan. ‘It was probably my own fault for not doing enough training!’

The group enjoyed perfect weather for the trip, and the accommodation and support arrangements all worked well. After pedalling for five days, 70 weary cyclists arrived at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. They had set out from London as a group of strangers, but had forged new friendships along the way.

‘They were an interesting group of people,’ said Dan. ‘There was a doctor, a barrister, all sorts, and some of us are still in contact by email.’

Why did Dan collect sponsorship for Partnership for Children?

‘Because Paul Rubenstein (Partnership for Children’s former Chair) is my best friend!’ he said.

‘I wanted the money to really mean something. The major charities do great work, but they get so much support. I wanted to help a smaller charity, and the fact that this is for children made it the obvious choice.’

Would he do it again?

‘The organisers have been in touch again, suggesting a trip to Mexico, but if I struggled to reach Paris I dread to think what would happen if I set off for Mexico!’
Dan’s trip was organised by Skyline Events, which arranges many different charity challenges.
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