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Local group take on epic 350 mile cycle for Armed Forces Charity

Eight men from across the South West will be taking on a 350-mile cycle over a period of six days to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Matt Bray, Dave Williams, Glenn Allison, Ian Beresford, Fred Orchard, Chris Stone, Connor Campbell and Colin Dunn will be cycling 350-miles over a period of six days to raise money for SSAFA.

The men will depart from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Saturday 26th June and will cycle 350-miles over a period of six days, with the aim to raise £2,000 for the charity.

The team participate in an annual cycling event each year and originally planned to visit France to cycle around WW1 and WW2 sites of historical interest. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team decided to change their route and cycle through the North of England.

They will be calling at Lincoln, York, Whitby, Durham, Haltwhistle and Ambleside.

Fred said:

In previous years, we have raised thousands of pounds for charities. Since all services are represented in our team, we decided to choose SSAFA as our nominated charity.”

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity provides lifelong support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Fred continued:

I have taken this opportunity to ask my friends to join me in dedicating this ride to an extraordinary person who I was lucky to know from my early years. Capt. Gavin John Hamilton MC gave his life whilst serving his country in the SAS during the Falklands campaign, cutting his remarkable career short.”

If you would like to help Fred and the team reach their £2,000 fundraising target, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/2021Battlefields-Bike-Ride

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