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Locksbottom wine merchant helps raise £100,000 for St Christopher's Hospice by cycling 300 miles to Paris

PUBLISHED: 13:11 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 22 June 2017

St Christopher's cycle team arrived in Paris on Tuesday

St Christopher's cycle team arrived in Paris on Tuesday

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The trip took four days

Marein Overbeeke took part in the mass bike ride which raised �100,000Marein Overbeeke took part in the mass bike ride which raised �100,000

Dozens of orange-clad cyclists descended on Paris this week having raised £100,000 for St Christopher’s Hospice.

Among the riders taking in a 300-mile trip from London to raise money for the Sydenham charity was Locksbottom wine merchant Marein Overbeeke.

The Orpington resident joined ten hospice staff and more than 40 supporters on June 14 to set off from the hospice after six gruelling months of training.

On Saturday the 52-strong team arrived under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Mr Overbeeke said: “Arriving in Paris en masse was really emotional for me. I’ve written three names on my bike frame who I dedicate this ride to; all loved ones of Laithwaite Wine’s customers’ who were looked after by St Christopher’s.

“St Christopher’s is so important within our community - we’ve had customers who have lost a loved one who has been looked after or supported by the hospice - and we really feel obliged and proud to help and support in any way we can”.

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