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Martin Collett

Cycling 1,500 km from London to Monaco

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My story

[p]On 9th June, I will be taking part in an extraordinary bike ride in aid of a truly extraordinary charity. The ride is 1,500 km from London, over the Alps, to Monaco. It has 20,000 metres of climbing - stack all of the hills on top of each other and they'd be ten miles high. We're riding this in one week. It's a truly terrifying prospect of a bike ride, but it's nothing compared to why we're doing it...[/p][p]We’re raising money to fund research into treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a currently incurable and fatal muscle wasting disease. It’s a little known disease that has for years been neglected by drug companies, and this is despite it being the biggest genetic killer of boys on the planet, and absolutely catastrophic in terms of quality of life. We're raising money for boys like Felix, the littel boy you can see below, who as a four year old boy was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It's an incurable and fatal muscle wasting disease that kills more children than any other genetic condition. There is accelerating deterioration from birth, resulting in a significant decrease in quality of life by age 7 to 8, wheelchair dependency by early teens, total dependency by late teens and a lingering death in mid-twenties from lung failure and heart disease. I'm proud to be riding to Monaco with Felix's Dad, and other parents of Duchenne affected boys.[/p][p]The causes of the disease and how to fix it are known, but it costs a lot of money to test drugs, and that money has to be well spent if we’re going to get treatments to the kids quickly enough. To that end, all of the money we raise will go to [url=https://www.duchenneuk.org/]Duchenne UK[/url]. They’re a highly efficient charity that spends 90% plus of all money raised on research. It’s run by parents of boys who could be saved if we move quickly, so they’re incredibly motivated and get stuff done. As a consequence, and most importantly, they are making a very significant difference and are at the forefront of the development of effective treatments and a cure.[/p][p]Any cash you can spare will bring the cure for this awful disease a little closer. [/p][p]Thank you.[/p][p]Martin[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

09 Jun 2018



Jul 8, 2018


Well done Martin!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2018

Rupert C4

What a journey, well done!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2018


hey mate - great work, well done!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 22, 2018


Hope you get through those mountain stages!


Jun 19, 2018

Pat and Dave

Congratulations Martin on achieving your epic cycle ride, love from Mom and Dad.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018

Sarah Beale

Great footage!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018

Emily Wilson

You are a hero Martin! Emily x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018

Jenny and Iain

Well done Martin!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018


Well done mate.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 16, 2018

Liam D

I hope the weather has been kind!