Bidborough resident and property boss cycles to Paris for charity

EASY RIDERS: (Left to right) Jeremy Sharland, Ian Playford and Paul Butler

A Tunbridge Wells group, including the chairman of a property company. is to cycle 300km, from London to Paris, for the fourth time.

Ian Playford of Kingsbridge Estates will be joined by two colleagues, Jeremy Sharland and Paul Butler, as they take part in the Duchenne Dash in aid of Duchenne UK, a charity that funds treatment for muscular dystrophy in children.

The trio aim to raise £16,000 for the London to Paris ride, but have also committed to the return trip so they can raise an additional £8,000 to hit their total of £24,000.

Setting off from Herne Hill Velodrome in South East London on May 12, the group will first cycle to Newhaven, where they will cross the channel by ferry to Dieppe, after which they will be back on the saddle, pedalling to the finish line at the Eiffel Tower.

They have said that if they exceed their higher target, they will set off again and finish the return leg at the Kingsbridge Estate office in Tangmere, near Chichester.

Riders in the event pay for all their own travel and expenses, so every penny raised goes to help children and families affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

There is currently no cure for DMD, which affects mostly boys, and causes all the muscles in the body, including the heart and lungs, to gradually weaken.

It is a devastating condition but the number of children who are diagnosed with it is relatively small, so the research and clinical trials to find treatments are carried out through the charity, set up by mothers of affected children 10 years ago.

So far, the team has raised almost £3,500.

To support Ian, Jeremy and Paul, visit

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