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PUBLISHED: 11:21 06 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:24 06 July 2014

BNP Paribas Grand Slam® Cycle Challenge

BNP Paribas Grand Slam® Cycle Challenge

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Paris to Wimbledon cycle ride raises £25k

The start of Wimbledon marked the finish line for one remarkable group of tennis fans, who cycled from Roland Garros in Paris to London SW19 in three days and raised a staggering £25,000 for tennis charities. in the BNP Paribas Grand Slam® Cycle Challenge.

Every penny raised in the bike ride will go to help Greenhouse charity, working in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, to deliver tennis to young people in disadvantaged communities across London.

Some facts about the BNP Paribas Grand Slam® Cycle Challenge:

■ 29 cyclists

■ Three nights, Three days and 18+ hours in the saddle

■ 240 miles

■ Five falls

■ £25,000 raised and counting

The Tennis Foundation has been working in partnership with Greenhouse for the past two years. Greenhouse aims to develop social, emotional and physical skills for young people in London’s most disadvantaged communities through intensive sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches.

Two Greenhouse tennis programmes currently run at St Paul’s Way Trust School in Tower Hamlets and Cumberland School in Newham – all funds raised from the Grand Slam® Cycle Challenge will go towards expanding the number of schools supported in London.

Anyone can make a donation to the whole group by clicking uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=18035&charityId=1000476&invocation=evt0050

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