Chris West, 22, is setting off from the Bull Hotel in Downton, Wiltshire, on May 27th – to cycle hundreds of miles to Paris.

Chris West at launch site

Chris West at launch siteParis, raising funds for BASICS Hampshire.  He’ll return to a gala reception at the hotel late afternoon on Sunday 31st – followed by a fundraising supper and live band.

“This is a big, personal thank you to BASICS Hampshire – one of their doctors helped save my life six years ago,” says Chris.  “I was a passenger in a horrendous car crash, with head and internal injuries.”

“Because of their severity, air ambulance paramedics put out a call for a BASICS doctor – who was able to intubate and anaesthetise me on scene and put in chest drains.   It meant I survived long enough to reach intensive care.”

“I rode a similar trip last year, but often had to get into the support vehicle.”

“But I’ve been practising hard, and this time I mean to cycle every inch of the way.”

The trip won’t only benefit the charity.   Chris has found that regular cycling has improved his health, stamina and spirits.  “And I’ve met so many people through road-biking.   It’s given me confidence and a new social life.”

Support Chris at JustGiving – search for Chris West and he’s the one doing the bike ride!  He’s also on – the website for road cyclists – and will be vlogging there as he does the miles and eats the food!

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