Foreign Office staff visit Newhaven on charity bike ride from Paris to London

Newhaven mayor Julie Carr welcomes the cyclists. Photo by Nick Robinson.
Newhaven mayor Julie Carr welcomes the cyclists. Photo by Nick Robinson.
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Newhaven mayor cllr Julie Carr received 20 Foreign Office staff taking part in a Paris to London Bike Ride for charity yesterday (Monday May 20).

They were cycling along the new London to Paris Avenue Verte, a cyclist-friendly road opened after last year’s Olympic Games.

The cyclists, from the British Embassy in Paris and the consulates of Marseille and Bordeaux, set off from Paris last Friday.

They arrived in Sussex on Sunday night after attending a wreath laying ceremony in memory of the 3,600 British and Canadian soldiers and airmen who were injured or died during the 1942 Raid on the port of Dieppe.

After being waved off by the mayor the group travelled through Sussex on their way to London.

They are raising money for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and French charity Enfant Bleu – Enfance Maltraitée.

According to their Twitter feed @UKinFrance, cllr Carr made a donation to the cyclists’ cause.

The cyclists passed through Seaford, Polegate, Hailsham, Heathfield, East Grinstead and Crawley.

The team was endorsed by Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey and arrived at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office earlier today (Tuesday May 21) after four and a half days and 320 kilometres.