Paris to Lyon Cycle ride

A team of intrepid cyclists, including businessmen and fundraisers from Hull, Barnsley and Sheffield, have set off on the second leg of what has become an annual charity fundraising drive.

Last year PDR Construction’s Paul Dransfield, Lee Newsham and David Maughan, with Mark Dransfield of Dransfield Properties and 12 other cyclists travelled 186 miles from London to Paris and raised £54,000.

They are currently embarking on a 285 mile ride from Paris to Lyon, in a bid to raise more than £50,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Leukaemia Research.

Paul Dransfield said: Last year was a tough challenge cycling from London to Paris and this year is going to be even harder. It’s nearly 100 miles longer than our previous route and very hilly in parts, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and hoping to equal if not better our total from last year.

Next year we want to go from Lyon to Monte Carlo and the plan is that we continue the journey every year until we reach Rome. We are grateful to everyone who has sponsored us so far but we want to raise as much as possible so we’d love to hear from anyone else who would like to sponsor us.

Money raised by the riders for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity will go towards a state of the art Bone Density Scanner, which costs £120,000. The scanner is vital for the diagnosis and monitoring of bone disease and its treatment which can help turn a child who is wheelchair bound and in danger of breaking their legs if they jump off a chair into one that can run around and take a tumble without injuring themselves at all.

Sponsoring the PDR team could not be easier, by post – cheques made payable to PDR Construction Ltd (receipts can be supplied) to Salisbury House, Saxon Way, Hessle, HU13 9PB; online – Leukaemia Research on or Sheffield Children’s Hospital on

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