Help For Heroes ride to arrive in Doncaster

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The Edinburgh to London leg of the Help for Heroes’ Hero Ride 2013, which involves 15 wounded, injured or sick serving personnel and veterans journeying through the country, will pass through Yorkshire tomorrow on their six-day ride.

The group will arrive at the Holiday Inn, Warmsworth, at 5pm for an overnight stay before continuing their journey.

Veterans and Servicemen from Help for Heroes’ operated northern Recovery Centre are asking the North East public to give them a cheer as they pass through the region next week on a long-distance bike ride.

The Edinburgh to London leg of the Help for Heroes’ Hero Ride 2013, sponsored by Tetley’s, will see 15 wounded, injured or sick Serving Personnel and veterans – four of them on hand bikes and one on a recumbant – together with several support riders and a back-up team providing logistical, mechanical and practical support – passing through Yorkshire on Day 3 of their six-day ride.

Once in London, they will join hundreds of other riders who have cycled from all over the UK and abroad to take part in a mass ride through the capital to help raise £1M for Help for Heroes.

On the way, they are hoping members of the public – especially children on their half-term holiday and members of local cycling clubs - will line the roadside to show their support, both for those attempting the 423 mile ride and for the Charity itself.

The Hero Ride cyclists are setting off from Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire at 7.30am on Thursday 30 May, heading for their next overnight stop in Doncaster. Participants will be stopping for refreshments at the following points

Staveley Arms, North Stainley, Ripon – 9.30/10.00am

Red Lion car park, Wetherby – 12.00-12.30pm

White Hart car park, Askern – 2.00-2.30pm

Holiday Inn, Doncaster – 5.00-5.30pm

It is hoped members of the public will take the opportunity to turn up to offer words of encouragement, either at the break locations or along the roadside. At Wetherby – the longest of the stops – there will be a hand bike that people can try to help them appreciate the huge effort required to power them.

Kelly Bostock, Support Programme Manager at Help for Heroes’ Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison, where the cycling Servicemen and veterans have received support, said that every cheer and round of applause would really spur the team on.

“All of them have suffered life changing injuries or illnesses while serving their country,” Kelly explained.

“Our aim at Help for Heroes is to inspire and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives and the challenge of training for and taking part in the Hero Ride will play a valuable part in this.

“It’s a long, tough route that would intimidate even the most experienced, able-bodied road cyclist so our team members really will appreciate all the support they receive along the way.”

All money raised by the Catterick team’s Hero Ride will be directed to Phoenix House Recovery Centre – one of four specialist centres in the UK, run by Help for Heroes, which provide rounded support in the form of education, vocational training, welfare, sport and adventure training to residents and day visitors.

Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder at Help for Heroes, said Hero Ride provided another chance for the British public to get behind our troops.

“Whether they are riding, fundraising or cheering on the streets, we urge everyone to get involved,” he added.

“With the withdrawal from Afghanistan drawing closer, it is easy to think the job is over but actually the battle has just begun. Challenges such as this allow our support to continue - for life.”

Donations to Hero Ride can be made via http://www.bmycharity.com/catterickrecoverycentreheroride or Text ETLH99 plus £(insert amount here) to 70070