French connection pays off for charity

Dated: 12/06/2012'Next Stop Paris!!... 23 cyclists from Newcastle based software giants Sage at the start of their gruelling 600 trek from Newcastle to Paris which will raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK. l to r Organiser Leigh Thompson, Joanne Evans from Cancer Research and fellow organiser Colin Edgar.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 12/06/2012'Next Stop Paris!!... 23 cyclists from Newcastle based software giants Sage at the start of their gruelling 600 trek from Newcastle to Paris which will raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK. l to r Organiser Leigh Thompson, Joanne Evans from Cancer Research and fellow organiser Colin Edgar.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

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A CYCLIST from North Shields was among almost two dozen workers at software firm Sage to take part in a 600-mile race from Newcastle to Paris to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Leigh Thompson, a corporate social responsibility consultant at the firm’s Newcastle base, set off for the French capital a week ago on Monday with 22 of her colleagues, arriving at their destination on Sunday.

They spent up to 15 hours a day in the saddle on a route which took them via Durham, Stockton, York, Peterborough and Croydon.

Leigh said: “Cancer Research UK is our charity of choice, chosen by our people because it affects so many lives.

“Over the past five years, we’re proud to have donated over £200,000 to the charity, through both corporate donations and charity fundraising.

“Now we’re hoping to be able to raise even more with this unique bike ride, and our riders have already raised over £11,000.”

To sponsor Leigh, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/sageday-2012