ITN newsreaders Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Dermot Murnaghan, as well as Sky correspondent Alex Rossi were in Newhaven on Friday June 6 as part of a charity bike ride from London to Paris in 24 hours.
They were among 120 cyclists taking part in the Duchenne Dash and were transported by ferry operator DFDS Seaways.
The ferry operator supported the first ever Duchenne Children’s Trust cycling challenge with ferry crossings and cabins in 2013.
Last year the team raised £200,000 with 30 riders and this year they hope to raise £400,000.
The cyclists boarded the 11pm service from Newhaven and arrived in Dieppe at 4am, managing to grab a few hours of sleep, before continuing with the 200km journey to Paris.
Former Channel 4 News and CNN International reporter and newsreader Emily Crossley and her husband Nick established the Duchenne’s Children Trust in 2011, after their son Eli was diagnosed with the muscular degenerative disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The charity is funding research into treatment and a cure for the disease, which is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children, and is looking to do so within a decade.
Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Krishnan, Dermot and the cycling team with this tough challenge, and hope their crossing with us enabled them to enjoy a well-earned rest before the French leg of their epic journey.”
DFDS Seaways operates up to four sailings a day between Newhaven and the French port town of Dieppe.
Dieppe is the closest port to Paris and the best route for those undertaking the London to Paris cycle challenge.
The ferry has en suite cabins, a bar, onboard restaurant and a lounge with reclining chairs allowing cyclists to recover in between the English and French legs of the journey.
To donate to Krishnan, Dermot and the team visit: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/duchennedash or TEXT DUCH 88 £5 to 70070 to sponsor the ride with £5.