Paris bike ride raises £12,000

A FATHER and two sons have raised more than £12,000 for charity cycling from London to Paris.

Fundraisers Peter Calder and sons Bill and Tim raised £12,200 in aid of the MS Trust on the 300-mile bike ride last week.

Peter’s wife, Sarah, was diagnosed with the neurological disease multiple sclerosis three and a half years ago.

She said: “In November of last year, when it was suggested Peter, Bill and Tim take part in the MS Trust cycle from London to Paris in June, it was all a bit of a laugh. Research and support for people with the disease was close to everybody’s heart but when the training schedule came through the post, it suddenly wasn’t funny any more.”

But with the help of Tweedbank Sports Centre the family team were fit enough to undertake the four-day challenge last week.

Mrs Calder said: “Peter, Bill and Tim completed the 300 mile cycle, over four days with ease and enjoyed the whole experience – very much helped by Pete’s training at Tweedbank!”

Meanwhile, she was in charge of fundraising.

She said: “With the help of very supportive friends, Jack Clark, Shirley Bell and Debbie Crawford, I held a dinner and auction at Melrose Rugby Club, in March, raising the grand total of £9,450.00.

“In the Easter holidays a coffee morning was held, raising a further £350 and recently another friend, Jill McGregor held a ladies lunch and raised a further £780. With numerous donations and the on-line site, a staggering £12,200.00 has been raised in total.”

The money will be split between the MS Trust and local group MS Borders.