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[p]Fancy cycling 180 miles from Paris along the Seine to Le Havre, promptly rowing 110 miles across the channel to Brighton before hiking the 60 miles to London?... I'm not sure I do either but I did.[/p][p]I’m Paul Staley SDL Group’s Director of PRS (Private Rental Sector), and at the end of May 2018 I participated and completed the most herculean charity challenge. In aid of the Donna Louise, I joined a team of celebrities and other local business leaders that travelled from Paris to London, by bike, boat and foot in the Tower to Tower challenge. [/p][p]The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice is a registered children's charity, caring and supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Cheshire and Staffordshire. [/p][p]Over the past few years, I have taken part in many different activities to help SDL Group raise over £150,000 for Donna Louise. I have ran the London Marathon in 2014 in aid of the hospice, it was a ‘gruelling but fantastic experience’ but Tower to Tower exceeded all expectations, it was tough, very tough, tougher than I could have ever foreseen. [/p][p]I trained relentlessly over the last nine months by attending weekly spin and cave classes, while also working with a personal trainer and cycling many many miles. I am certainly fitter and stronger, thank goodness, but is difficult to train for heavy seas and tiredness beyond comprehension. I had a course of acupuncture and all manner of remedies which prevented me from being seasick but I was unable to stand up and eating was out of the question. Some of the team were very, very ill and resulted in the remainder having to do extra shifts to cover. Hard work on no sleep and insufficient calories. I never want to row a boat ever again. This was all after cycling for 180 miles. If nearly 40 hours at sea wasn't enough, a 36 hour hike to London was. Blisters were rife, some were delirious with lack of sleep. The sleep deprivation was a deliberate part of the challenge. For the families supported by the Donna Louise, this is often the norm. Having said all that it was one of the most rewarding events of my life, and yes I would do it again.[/p][p]I am staggered at the amount raised and this really helped in some low moments. Thank you so very much for all your messages, videos, and of course your hard earned cash for this great cause and to SDL for matching the amounts raised. This will be a part of the Group’s wider goal of raising £150,000 over the course of 2018. [/p][p]Learn more about Donna Louise Children’s Hospice at [url=http://www.donnalouisetrust.org/]http://www.donnalouisetrust.org/[/url][/p][p][br][/p]