Neil writes: Day 17 (15 riding) made it to Normansland (near Downton), Wiltshire. A half days’ ride and tent up in plenty of time until a rogue caravan came rolling across the site embedding itself in the support vans door….fortunately no-one was hurt in any way but now we have no operable drivers door!
The donations link is still available for anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause Help for Heroes. All money raised will be going to the charity to help the men and women injured in conflicts.
Downham to Colchester and onto the Cenotaph, battling headwinds, hills and some serious traffic. 144 miles in total, some tough sections but seeing the guys doing the whole route cracking on just inspires you to keep going, and all the most amazing cause
TOMORROW is a busy day back to HQ, and a couple of VIPS are joining us tomorrow!
We’ll start at Parker’s Close with friends, and then move to the War Memorial at Memorial Hall, thereafter a pootle through the beautiful chocolate box countryside of Dorset to camp near the tank museum.
Maria: Another fantastic day… ceremonies and wreath laying on military graves and at the Cenotaph. An emotional ceremony this morning at Colchester where the family and military were in attendance. Welcome committees, bagpipes, cake, strangers donatiing money and so many memories, emotions and just fantastic banter to mention in one post! Will miss these chaps – have laughed so much …and riden lots of miles – 90 today. If you’d still like to donate to Help for Heroes here’s my Justgiving link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maria-reardon1
Brookwood is the UK’s largest CWGC cemetery and the Ring is a stunning memorial.
At our visit today, we shall have the Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums with us which should make it a poignant act of remembrance for our riders.
Within Surrey Help for Heroes has reached approximately 250 veterans of all ages and from all conflicts. Your donations to one of our riders or to the ride in general at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hero-JOGLE-Relay will boost the much needed efforts of Help for Heroes to continue supporting veterans who have become injured or ill as a result of service, and reach those who need help, but have yet to find them.
In total they have supported over 26,500 beneficiaries.