A TEAM of 40 people including civilians, serving personnel and three wounded servicemen, have passed through Boston as part of their ‘Ride of Britain’ fundraising tour.
The team have cycled more than 500 miles from Edinburgh to London in just five days to raise money for the UK’s oldest tri-services military charity, SSAFA Forces Help.
Craig Paterson, 22, from Inverurie, suffered a brain injury when he was shot in the head last July whilst serving in Afghanistan and was told he would never walk again, let alone cycle.
He said: “During my treatment and recovery period, my family stayed at one of SSAFA Forces Help Norton Homes which meant they could be with me at every step of my rehabilitation, which was invaluable.
“Without SSAFA this wouldn’t have been possible so I am doing this ride to say thank you and to help them continue their amazing work.”
The charity, which is more than 125 years old, provides practical help and assistance for servicemen and women, veterans and also their families.
Each team member has pledged to raise more than £1,000 and all the money raised will help the charity continue its vital work.
The route covered challenging countryside, through Cumbria to the Yorkshire Dales, and onto the flat land of Lincolnshire and quaint villages of Cambridgeshire.
On the final day, the cyclists will have pedaled their way through London, before finishing their gallant ride at the iconic Wellington Barracks.
Fundraising and Events manager at SSAFA Forces Help, Laurena di Bello said: “Although we’ve all trained really hard, the last five days have been really tough and have pushed us to the limits of physical endurance.
“But in Highlander Craig Patterson and Royal Marine Joe Lane we have had epic examples of the human sprit and this has spurred us on all the way to London.”
To find out more about SSAFA Forces Help and The Ride of Britain, visit www.ssafa.org.uk/rideofbritain