London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched

London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched
Cyclists Ruairi O’Neill and Neil Magill with Jessica Alice Rashleigh (Miss Galaxy)

A group of London Irish cyclists are preparing to embark on a 280- mile charity ride to raise money for suicide prevention organisations.

Led by Neil Magill, who featured on the London senior hurling county championship-winning team Robert Emmetts last season, the group will start at the home of London GAA, before finishing at the Derry Centre of Excellence four days later.

The cycle was launched by a fundraiser night last Friday at the Prince of Wales in Hanwell, where the Monday Club played to kick off the activities.

London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched
The Monday Club

Ruairi O’ Neil, who occasionally plays with the band, will also take part on the cycle. All proceeds from the cycle ride will be split between Console, Pips and Pieta House.

The cycle will take place over the Easter Weekend, with the group departing from the Irish TV grounds in Ruilsip on Maundy Thursday.

London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched
Seamie Friel, Chloe McGettigan, Adrian Hanlon

They will then stay overnight in Coventry before heading on through Birmingham and to Stoke-on-Trent on Good Friday, March 25.

The third day will see the team arrive in Liverpool where they will board a ferry for Belfast. The cyclists final stop will be at the Owenbeg GAA grounds in Derry on March 28.

London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched
Gerry Keane, Clare Daly, Paddy Keane, JJ Culdaff and Sean Synan

Neil is still looking for recruits to join the team, and if anyone is interested they can contact him on 07517936867.

London-2-Derry charity cycle ride launched
Kevin McMullin, Philomena Doyle, Shauna McLone and Patricia McClare

Businesses wishing to support the team can opt to sponsor a mile for £20-£30 and get their name on the dedicated website at www.london2derry.com or on the Facebook group: www.facebook.com/londontoderry

The Irish World is the official UK media partner to the event and will dedicate coverage to the cycle in the coming weeks.

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