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Be a Hero!

| Blog, Cycling Plus | 06/03/2013 12:37pm

Yesterday, I ventured far from Cycling Plus HQ in Bath (well, an hour and half on the train) to sunny London town, to attend the launch of the Hero Ride for Help for Heroes (H4H) at Horse Guard Parade.

With temperatures the previous day dipping to below zero I prepared for the chill and was somewhat over dressed in a scarf, gloves and my huge winter coat as the midday heat crept up to 17 degrees. The perfect warm spring day for an outdoors press do!

The event itself happens June 2nd 2013. The Hero Ride hopes to see cyclists from all over the country stage fundraising bike rides to meet en masse at Blackheath to ride together into the capital to support wounded servicemen and women. The aim is to raise over £2 million for H4H to provide support for those who have suffered and survived injuries in recent conflicts, and to support their families.

H4H had some of their famous ambassadors on hand to talk about the ride. Lovely, bubbly pint-sized TV presenter and journalist Lorraine Kelly and beautiful former page 3 model, Peta Todd who now writes, presents and supports her two children and her well known fiancée Mark Cavendish were both telling tales of the life-changing work done by H4H.

Five former servicemen were also at the event. Jon-Allan Butterworth (who achieved 3 silver medals in the London 2012 Paralympics last year) was joined by the ‘band of brothers’ – Steve Arnold, Andy Grant, Jaco Van Gass and Craig Preece – all who have lost limbs as a result of a war injury. H4H has provided support to all of these men, and they are all now involved in sport at Paralympic levels. “I’ve seen first-hand how funding raised for Help for Heroes can change people’s lives and Hero Ride provides an opportunity for the British public to get behind our troops whilst also challenging themselves to do something different,” says Jon-Allan.

Lovely Peta Todd took some time out to chat to me (read all about it in an upcoming issue of Cycling Plus) and spoke at length about how H4H has a place in her heart. “This is such an important charity, and I have seen it grow over the years, into a well-known and loved charity. I would urge people to get on their bikes and help us raise money. If I can do it then anyone can!”

After a few hours of interviews and posing on a Penny Farthing, (Peta looked a little scared to be honest – and I don’t blame her as Jon-Allan was playfully wobbling the wheel!) the H4H ambassadors still remained cheery. But with the combination of seeing the sun for the first time this year and launching what looks set to be such an amazing event, why wouldn’t they be smiling?!

Hero Ride will be the biggest cycling demonstration of national support for our wounded, aiming to raise £2million for Help for Heroes. Sign up here.


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