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DEBRA is a national charity that works on behalf of people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a very rare condition in which the skin and internal body linings blister at the slightest knock or rub, causing painful, open wounds.

15 staff from Crown's UK Records Management and Relocations divisions, including four members of staff from Crown Paris, completed the journey from London to Paris for the bike ride fundraiser. The trip saw the cyclists ride an average of 107 miles a day and burn nearly 300,000 calories between them before reaching the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Just over £10,000 was raised between them for DEBRA, an amount which will be matched by Crown Worldwide group, resulting in a total of over £20,000 for the charity.

Mark Browne, London & South East Regional Operations Manager for Crown Records Management, said: "After over 13000 miles in training it felt great to finally achieve the London to Paris cycle route and raise so much money for DEBRA. We were privileged to travel through some amazing scenery and see some spectacular sunsets and while it was a challenge, it was well worth it, knowing the funds were going to such a great cause."

Stuart Lawson, Global Alliance Manager for Crown Worldwide Group also took part, and said: "The whole team did a fantastic job in keeping everyone going on the trip and there was a group sense of pride throughout knowing that we were doing our bit in helping those suffering with the skin blistering condition, EB. It's been a real adventure and we are delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount for DEBBRA."

To read more about the bike ride and see how the team got on in their daily diary, click here.

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