Dean gets on his bike from Paris to London

Former England and Lions No.8 Dean Richards is embarking on a mammoth charity cycle in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation and the Gloucester Rugby Foundation, which has adopted the 4Ed campaign.

Joining a group of fundraisers pedalling from Paris to Twickenham – arriving on the day of the Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday 8 June, Richards said: “It’s going to be a brutal challenge, but one that we are all going to attack whole-heartedly for two great causes.

“Whether you’re able to contribute financially, spread the word or simply cheer me on, your support will help amplify our impact and bring hope to those who need it most.”

The Matt Hampson Foundation supports and inspires young people seriously injured through sport, and provides facilities including personal training, specialist physiotherapy and wellbeing support at its Get Busy Living Centre.

4Ed was created following Ed Slater’s diagnosis with motor neurone disease while still a player at Gloucester Rugby. The campaign offers support for families affected by MND and aims to raise awareness of the condition.

Dean is following his cycling adventure by joining participants on the Foundation’s Walk4Matt during a 100-mile fundraising journey along the route of the Grand Union Canal in the week after the Gallagher Premiership Final before he has scheduled knee replacement surgery in the summer.

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