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Horsham charity raises £200,000 at Champions of CycleSport Dinner

PUBLISHED: 10:50 02 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:15 02 December 2014

Dermot Murnaghan and Martyn Ashton

Dermot Murnaghan and Martyn Ashton

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The 2014 Champions of CycleSport Dinner, supported by Broadstone and BDO LLP, has freewheeled to success, raising an incredible total of around £200,000 to for Horsham based children’s charity Action Medical Research.

This fabulous event, now in its fifth year, and organised by the charity, took place on Thursday 27 November 2014 at an exciting new venue - the Battersea Evolution, with cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE again as the event Ambassador, supported by a host of cycling greats.

Other champs in attendance included Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, Jody Cundy MBE, Stephen Roche, Dean Downing, Dani King MBE, Hannah Walker, Jon Mould, Yanto Barker, Ian Wilkinson, Dean Downing, Martyn Ashton, Roger Hammond, Tom Stewart, Matti Hemmings and Jason Queally.

The evening was hosted for the fifth time by Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan, a keen cyclist who’s participated in various rides for Action Medical Research and who conducted live and exclusive interviews with all the Champions, sponsored by Quilter Cheviot. Popular presenter, commentator and cartoonist Marty MacDonald also returned as our MC, but this year there was a new face on stage - the Cycle Show host and TV presenter (Channel 5 News) Matt Barbet who officially welcomed everyone at the start of the dinner. David Millar spoke to the audience via a pre-recorded message and supporter Davina McCall had kindly narrated films about our riders and the work of our charity.

As well as the opportunity to mix with some of the sport’s greatest riders and television personalities, guests also had the chance to bid for some highly-coveted, money-can’t-buy lots in the live and silent auctions. BBC Match of the day commentator Simon Brotherton hosted the live auctions with highlights including Team Sky Kids Bike designed by FROG and signed by Team Sky, a Ride with Team Sky at their Majorca training camp in January 2015, a Dogma Pinarello Team Sky bike signed by Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, a ride out for four people with David Millar in Gerona (including flights – date by arrangement), a track day for 10 people at the London Olympic Velodrome with Jody Cundy MBE and a signed Tour of California Jersey signed by Bradley Wiggins.

Artist Paul Oz had created an amazing portrait of Sir Dave Brailsford CBE which raised £4,000 and for something a little different, Smeg UK donated a fridge (the same model as the one appearing in the Paddington™ Movie) incorporating a one-off Richard Mitchelson design of classic cyclists, which went for £2,600!

Sarah Stevenson, who organises the event for Action Medical Research, said, “My highlights this year included cycling legend Monty Young (who recently turned 80) not only signing copies of The Pedal Club Golden Book but also the amazingly long list of awesome champions who attended. In year one, we had three and just four years later we are attracting 16. It shows what a reputation this event is getting!”

David Brailsford said, “I always love coming to the Champions of CycleSport dinner and I’m proud to support it! The CycleSport dinner is a celebration of all that’s great about cycling – in the UK as a whole and in particular the rides that Action Medical Research has put on over the past year. It’s been another really great evening.”

The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of the event sponsors, Broadstone, BDO LLP, Quilter Cheviot, Frog Bikes and Rouleur.

For details of Action Medical Research’s cycling events visit: www.action.org.uk/cycling

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