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London to Brighton cyclists set off

Cyclists at the starting line of the charity ride Credit: ITV News

After months of preparation the wheels are finally in motion for thousands of cyclists taking part in the annual London to Brighton charity ride.

Nearly 29,000 are making the 54 mile journey this year, with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation campaign against coronary heart disease.

Riders set off from Clapham Common this morning Credit: ITV News

The weather was gloomy, but spirits at the starting line couldn't be dampened. The riders set off from Clapham Common at staggered times from 6am.

Schoolgirl to kayak on Thames for 13 days in aid of adventure charity

Eight-year-old Lauren and her father Kevin in action

Eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, today begins her attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteenday event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day fromthe source of the Thames to the sea.

The pair are aiming to raise money for Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust which aims to give children adventures as part of their education. They will be camping each night and blogging on their progress.

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MP donates thousands to Comic Relief after tweet

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has donated £14,268 to Comic Relief after thousands of people retweeted her post on social networking site Twitter.

The Labour politician told her followers on Friday that she would donate £1.00 to the Red Nose Day appeal for every retweet the post received by 9pm.

"You have to stick by your word if you take a risk like that," she told ITV London.


Family of marathon runner urges donations to continue

Claire Squires collapsed and died on Birdcage Walk on Sunday. Credit:

The family of Claire Squires, who died during the London Marathon on Sunday, has urged people to keep donating to her internet sponsorship page. Since the 30 year-old collapsed near the end of the marathon, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been donated to her chosen charity, the Samaritans.

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