Dutch Ambassador sends off British MP on charity bike ride

Last Thursday, 14 July 2011, Mr Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East set off for Amsterdam by bicycle together with his son (18) and daughter (26) from the Dutch Embassy in London. The Dutch Ambassador Mr Pim Waldeck wished them well on their trip to the Netherlands. The Ambassador gave each rider an Orange 'survival kit' bag filled with items such as a bicycle repair kit, some energy sweets, and Dutch caramel waffels, or "stroopwafels" to help keep their energy levels up on the long journey. Yorkshire TV was on hand to report from the scene.

Mr Hamilton and his children are hoping to raise significant sums of money for three charities (St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, Tong Len - a charity supporting the children of street beggars, and the UK Refugee Council).

The ride is organised by Mr Hamilton alone and is not part of a larger event. As such Mr Hamilton will be paying for all their own expenses and every penny raised (apart from the tiny commission taken by the 'JustGiving' website) will go to our nominated charities, plus gift aid from the Treasury, of course.