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London to Paris: Francesca’s Story

Posted: Wednesday 30th August 2017 by KentWildlifeStaff

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Francesca Wilkinson has set herself the challenge of a 300-mile bike ride from London to Paris. We’re absolutely delighted and grateful that she has chosen Kent Wildlife Trust as the charity she wants to support.


In May 2018 I am cycling the 300 miles from London to Paris for Kent Wildlife Trust. Being at a beginner level in cycling I have to admit that the length of this journey is a little daunting and is unlike anything I have ever done before. I am starting to take the small steps in my training that will prep me for the trip ahead!

I have chosen to support the Kent Wildlife Trust because of the important role that they play in conserving Kent’s wildlife and natural spaces. Kent is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna that need our help to flourish in their natural habitats. These spaces are increasingly under threat from urbanisation and Kent Wildlife Trust plays a vital role working with developers to ensure that damage to wildlife and our natural environment is avoided.

Francesca WilkinsonI care about these issues because, like most people, I have always sought peace and solace in nature. Whether it be walking through East Blean woods or enjoying the beaches in East Kent as a child, these are some of my most vivid childhood memories. As the years have progressed, I can see how developed our county is becoming which puts our natural environment at risk. An often overlooked fact is that so much of it is still so wonderfully preserved thanks to the Kent Wildlife Trust.

I am currently in the process of raising the £1600 sponsorship for this charity bike ride and I hope that supporters of Kent Wildlife Trust can help me with this daunting task! So far I have raised £80 so I still have a long way to go and your donations will help me towards this goal.

The wellbeing of our wildlife is inherently linked with our own and in prioritising our wildlife, the Kent Wildlife Trust is vital in these times to ensure it’s enjoyment for our future, and that of future generations.

Thank you in advance for your donations!

~ by Francesca Wilkinson 

Support Francesca’s Journey

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