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Nurse cycles from Budapest to Basel for charity

Renal transplant unit nurse Claire Salter and her friend aim to raise £3,000 for Imperial College Healthcare Charity in 15-day ride from Hungary to Switzerland
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A nurse is cycling 800 miles to raise money for the renal and transplant department where she works.

Claire Salter, a high dependency nurse in the renal transplant unit at Hammersmith Hospital in London, and her friend Lucy Plumridge are cycling from Budapest in Hungary to Basel in Switzerland in support of Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

Having started on 15 April, the pair will travel west along the banks of the river Danube, passing through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and carrying everything they need with them, including camping equipment.

Uphill ride

They have chosen to cycle this 800-mile stretch of the EuroVelo 6 cycle route in reverse, which involves a gradual ascent to their finishing point. They will cycle more

A nurse is cycling 800 miles to raise money for the renal and transplant department where she works.


Nurse Claire Salter, left, and her friend Lucy Plumridge have begun their 15-day charity
bike ride from Hungary to Switzerland.

Claire Salter, a high dependency nurse in the renal transplant unit at Hammersmith Hospital in London, and her friend Lucy Plumridge are cycling from Budapest in Hungary to Basel in Switzerland in support of Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

Having started on 15 April, the pair will travel west along the banks of the river Danube, passing through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and carrying everything they need with them, including camping equipment.

Uphill ride

They have chosen to cycle this 800-mile stretch of the EuroVelo 6 cycle route in reverse, which involves a gradual ascent to their finishing point. They will cycle more than 50 miles a day over 15 days.

Ms Salter, who will celebrate her birthday during the ride, said: ‘Most people tackle the whole of the EuroVelo 6 route over eight weeks, starting in France and heading east. The way we’re doing it is unconventional, and unlike most cyclists, we won’t have a support team around us to carry gear and food.

‘We’ll be loading up our bikes with two panniers, sleeping bags and a tent for the two of us, aiming for each of us to carry no more than around 15 kilograms of gear. We’re only bringing two sets of cycling gear, one we’ll wear and the other will be drying on the bikes somewhere.’

The cyclists have raised more than £1,000 of their £3,000 target and have named their adventure the Tour de Slum – a combination of their surnames.

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