Geoff Reeve and his wife Gill completed the Big Battlefield Ride to Paris followed by the Hero Ride in London when over 1,000 cyclists from all over the UK met, culminating at the Cenotaph on Sunday 8th June 2014.
It was a challenging ride of 335 miles but inspirational in the extreme and it certainly put life into perspective. The photo shows one of Geoff’s new heroes, Josh Bggi, who with his wife completed the ride, and who has recently qualified as a Junior Football Coach! Behind him is Ben who hopes to compete in the next Para Olympics. We also had the privilege of riding with Dean who somehow survived a bullet through his brain but who is now studying Law. Dean crashed his specially adapted bike so the next day he set off early to make up the 10 miles he had lost!! We also met many other guys and girls hearing unbelievable tales of horror which have traumatized them – fine physically but mentally damaged for life.
Help for Heroes has and continues to help these guys and girls many of whom will hopefully be around for the next 50/60 years so the contributions received from many of our clients and friends will be put to good use. Whilst on the ride the co-founder Bryn Parry announced that Help for Heroes had exceeded raising £200M, which is amazing in only 6 years, but they now estimate that they will need £27M per year to maintain the support and continue to maintain the Recovery Centre.s
A privilege to meet these guys and girls who are getting on with life as best they can and this ride has had even more of an impact on us than the 2009 event.
So far we have raised approximately £8,000 but further donations can still be made on our website www.bmycharity.com/GReeve.