THE memory of his baby daughter helped a Swindon father on an epic ride of nearly 700 miles from London to Geneva.

Dan Sinclair set off last month with three colleagues from Cross Street Garage. But when they stopped at Paris, he carried on all the way to Geneva.

The 29-year old said: “It was really tough in the heat and some of the mountains were really big. It was a real team effort to Paris. The lads and I from Cross Street had a great time. I’ve actually done London to Paris for Action before, so I wanted to push myself that bit further.

“It was fantastic, but there were scorching temperatures. It often went above 40C so staying hydrated was key that and lots of suntan lotion.

Dan has set himself the target of raising £20,000 for Action Medical Research in memory of his baby daughter Scarlett – a twin -who died in infancy. He said: “Both Scarlett and Millie were born with necrotizing enterocolitis. My partner Emma and I were devastated when Scarlett passed away, but Millie is five now and strong and healthy.

“She might not be alive without the research that Action had done into the condition and it’s so valuable. They’re a really caring and supportive charity and I’m trying to raise money for them so that no other parents have to go what we’ve had to go through.”

Dan’s target is to complete four really difficult challenges in just four months.

Having completed the Trek the Night: Cotswold Way , the London to Paris ride, twice and now the Paris to Geneva he just has one to complete.

In September he will be taking part in a Race the Sun challenge in the Lake District, cycling 80km, hiking to the summit of Helvellyn - England’s second highest mountain at 950m - and canoeing 3km on Lake Thirlmere

Action’s Head of Events Emma Morgan said: “Dan is one of our most passionate supporters and we are so grateful for everything that he is doing to, not only raise funds, but also raise awareness of Action.

“We’re so pleased he enjoyed the London to Geneva bike ride and look forward to seeing him in the Lake District for his fourth and final challenge.”

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