Two of the Cleethorpes team are gearing up for a 300 mile channel-hopping bike ride from London to Paris to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust – despite both of them being new to cycling.

From ‘Palace’ to Paris

Lucy Bell and Katie Sandall will begin their cycling challenge at Crystal Palace in London on Wednesday 19 July, aiming to arrive at the Eiffel Tower four days later.

Administrator Katie and trainee dispensing option Lucy are hoping to raise £3,000 by the end of April but admit they have never had any major experience bike-riding before.

Cycling for a cause

The pair decided to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust after Lucy’s cousin, Joseph Catley, passed away from bone cancer in December, aged just 16.

Lucy said: ‘We are really looking forward to taking part in challenge and for a cause which means a lot to us.’

‘It’s going to be a difficult ride and obviously we’ve never done anything like this before, but we’re training very hard and we’re determined to succeed for Joseph and anyone currently facing up to cancer.’

‘We are also going to be holding fundraising events up to our challenge so we hope people keep an eye out for them’

An incredible challenge

Cleethorpes store manager Kerry Lister said: ‘Everyone in store is incredibly proud of Lucy and Katie for attempting such a big challenge. They might just have begun cycling but we’re certain that they’ll be able to cross the finish line in Paris’.

The generous duo have already received support from a number of local businesses, including Humberston cycle shop JC Cook and Lincs Inspire Cleethorpes.

A Just Giving page has been set up for the event where donations can be made at

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