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Police pedal from Solihull to Paris in aid of local charity

A team of police officers who pedalled from Solihull to Paris to raise £10,000 for a much-loved local charity are safely back in Britain

A team of police officers who pedalled from Solihull to Paris to raise £10,000 for a much-loved local charity are safely back in Britain.

Thirty four officers set out from Solihull police station earlier this month - 25 cyclists and nine support staff - and arrived in the French capital four days later.

The 400 mile trip was the brainchild of Sergeant John Gravenall, who had planned to take part in a sponsored cycle ride last year, but had to pull out due to injury.

He came up with the idea of pedalling to Paris and found no shortage of officers willing to join him. They were raising money for Help Harry Help Others - the charity set up by Sheldon schoolboy Harry Moseley, who lost his battle with a brain tumour 18 months ago.

Recently retired superintendent David Walker, from Solihull, rejoined his old colleagues for the cross-channel challenge.

“I can honestly say that it was one of the most mentally and physically draining experiences of my life,” said the 52-year-old. “But it was a great achievement for everyone involved.””

The money will be handed over at St John’s Hotel, Solihull, on June 21. To find out more about the trip visit www.solihullbikeride.com.

 

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