Davina leads challenge with DIVA pedal power

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MORE than 450 women took to the saddle to raise funds for charity led by cycling enthusiast and television presenter Davina McCall.

They were all helping to swell funding for Action Medical Research by riding the 50k or 100k route of the DIVA100 starting from Cowdray Park.

Davina said: “I’ve been involved with Action since I was a child and as a recent convert to road cycling I can’t think of a better way to support my favourite charity.

“It was a fun day out and a great way to help such a special charity raise much-needed funds.”

The DIVA100 is in its second year after being launched by Davina last May at Cowdray Park and raising more than £60,000 for Action Medical Research which supports research into rare conditions which severely affect children.

Event Manager Sarah Stevenson said: “It was so wonderful to see so many women joining forces with Davina to take to the hills of Sussex for Action Medical Research. Every hill and every descent helped raise funds to stop the suffering of babies and children and I am so proud of every women who completed this amazing challenge.”

DIVA100 has also introduced two new rides to the programme this year: in Scotland and in Warwickshire on May 27.

Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that affect children.