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Dr Dawn Harper ready for National Star College bike ride

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

Dr Dawn Harper is getting ready for the sponsored ride on April 27

Dr Dawn Harper is getting ready for the sponsored ride on April 27

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ANYONE wondering if there will be a doctor on hand at Harvey 100 Star Cycle Challenge will find three, all co-presenters from television’s Embarrassing Bodies.

Dr Pixie McKenna will join fellow presenter and Gloucestershire GP Dr Dawn Harper on the cycle challenge on April 27, while their co-host Dr Christian Jessen will be there to cheer them on.

The 100km challenge will raise money for National Star, based at Ullenwood, near Cheltenham, which works with people with severe disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Through the charity’s support they can access further education and opportunities which improve their life chances and enhance their quality of life.

This is a cycle ride which will be a challenge for the whole family. The route includes steep climbs at Bisley, Sapperton and Caudle Green and takes in scenic sections around Kemble, Chedworth, Bibury and Cowley.

Pixie loves cycling so was happy to take on the challenge. She said: “This ride will take a bit of stamina and determination but National Star makes an incredible difference to its students and I’m looking forward to getting on my bike to help them out.

“Many people with disabilities overcome a whole load of challenges just to get through every day, a bit of sweat and some aching muscles are nothing in comparison. National Star is determined to give its students greater opportunities, I’m determined we’ll raise some money to help them do so.”

Christian said: “This cycle ride takes in some beautiful views around the Cotswolds but it won’t be an easy ride. Dawn and Pixie and the other riders have had to train hard for it, I’m happy to be there providing moral support and egging them on.”

The ride is named after Dawn’s son Harvey who has cerebral palsy. She said community support was essential for the charity’s work.

“National Star provides students with the confidence, skills and education to take control of their lives and to make their own decisions, to do the things the rest of us simply take for granted,” said Dr Harper, who lives near Stroud.

The ride will take place on Sunday, April 27. It costs £20 to register in advance and cyclists are asked to raise a minimum £80 in sponsorship. To register call National Star on 01242 524478 or email fundraising@natstar.ac.uk

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