An initial scoping programme took place in November 2012 sponsored by DFID, Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Stewarts Law LLP at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC). It was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team including therapists, nurses and a medical consultant, working at the world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. We proposed and then executed a 3-year education and training project at the KCMC in Moshi Tanzania.
The Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Charity continues to be an official charity for the Hotchillee London to Paris event for which it has entered teams since 2012. Riders have won special accolades over the years, especially the hand cyclists, all spinal cord injured, who have ridden the same course as able bodied cyclists within fully integrated teams all riding at an average speed of over 15.5 mph and over the 3 days, 330 mile event. The handcyclists lead in a 450 strong peloton riding into Paris. Quite spectacular.
If anyone wants to ride for us in 2017 please let us know. Hook up to the Hotchillee website for information.
The charity has been in existence for just 3 years and has posted its first annual report and accounts to the Charities Commission. We continue to build the funds while at the same time looking to support specific projects at home and abroad.
2014 London to Paris cycle ride raised £12K for our charity so thank you all for supporting us. The 2015 London to Paris event was sponsored by Patron Capital, Stewarts Law and Twenty3Cycles also raised in excess of £10K for the charity
We are delighted to announce we are again one of the Charity Partners for the Hot Chillee London to Paris event taking place in June 2014. For more information please visit www.londres-paris.com
If you would like to ride for us, please get in touch as soon as possible as places are really limited but we would love to have you along. Places will need to be registered and paid for by 15th March latest.
You can also view the eurosport coverage from last years event here >
Following on from the success of 2013 where we have a strong team of cyclists which included Allie Corps-Bell in his hand cycle, we are delighted to be joining the Hot Chillee peloton when they ride to Paris in June 2014. You can read more about Allie from the Rider Profile in the The Hub, the Hot Chillee magazine. Link to PDF of Allie interview.
On Saturday 22 June the Hot Chillee pelaton rode into Paris after three gruelling days on the road from London and right at the front, leading the way was our very own Allie Corps-Bell who had hand cycled the whole way, with Triple Crown Winner Stephen Roche coming in behind him. It was an amazing scene - watching all the cyclists arrive in the heart of Paris after 500km, but seeing our team cross the line was something very special indeed.
The team riding to Paris for this year has been confirmed! our good friends and supporters at Brewin Dolphin have helped us recruit a team of 13 riders, including two hand cyclists. There are also some support crew giving up their time to drive vans and provide physio support and we are grateful to them for essential help along the way.