Fellow Normandy veteran, Peter Hawkins, 95, is supporting Len with his challenge by cycling his own 104-miles. Peter also landed at Gold Beach a few days after the invasion started. The men are cycling on separate occasions, of course, to ensure they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Both men are residents at Care for Veterans, which provides care and rehabilitation to physically disabled ex-Service personnel and their families. The charity receives no regular government funding and must raise £1.9 million this year to provide its award-winning care to the veterans who live there.
“Although I’m 96, I still like to be doing something. I like to have a dance at the concerts they have sometimes. I have physio as well, which I really enjoy. I’m doing this challenge to help raise money for Care for Veterans because it’s a wonderful place. It’s going really well so far, hopefully I’ll finish on time!”
The support for Len has been astounding, having already raised over £5,000 for Care for Veterans, but he would really like to raise more as he approaches the finish line in the lead up to D Day.
You can show Len your support by donating via his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/lens-d-day-challenge