Lynne Hardy writes...
Between June 5th and June 8th 2014 my son Luke is taking part in the Northern Flyer Hero Ride from Manchester to London, on behalf of Help For Heroes.
Luke completed three to tours of duty in Afghanistan with 3 Para, so understands firt hand the effects of loss and the devastating injuries suffered by many.
Along, I imagine, with many other families I thank God every day for his safe return.
But what about those who returned to the United Kingdom with
terrible injuries - missing limbs or lost eyesight;mental issues including frightening flashbacks and difficulties settling back in to life here in Britain?
Help for Heroes is trying to raise a massive 1.5 million for our wounded service men, women and veterans and this ride is part of the fund-raising effort.
Please sponsor Luke in the Northern Flyer ride by going to the
bmycharity link below.
I would like to ask you to please spare whatever you can afford in aid of this wonderful charity as a small thank you to those who have sacrificed so much and need our support so that they can carry on leading the lives they deserve.
HELP FOR HEROES - THE NORTHERN FLYER
To sponsor Luke, please go to:
UPDATE 6th JUNE 2014:
UPDATE 7th JUNE 2014:
Day 2 - June 6th 2014
|One of the memorials at the National memorial Arboretum|
LINK: THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
UPDATE: 10th JUNE 2014:
DAY 3: JUNE 7th 2014
There was another early, 8am, start for the riders on day three and they left the Hilton Hotel in Northampton in the direction of Newport Pagnell, a matter of 50 miles away where they were to meet up with another contingent of thirty riders coming down from Edinburgh .
This part of the ride, on another hot but beautiful day, took them through more lovely
villages and the Salcey Forest.
After crossing from Northamptonshire into Hertfordshire the riders were able to see the skyline of London on the horizon as they followed the River Lea through Wheathampstead, St Albans and Colney Heath before reaching Enfield in North London at 6pm.
Although this section of the ride was relatively flat compared to earlier sections, the hot day made the going hard, but everyone was in good spirits and pulled together, enjoying the scenery and forging new friendships along the way.
After an evening meal and drinks in Enfield an awards ceremony took place in which Luke Hardy was presented with the Harry Long Award.
The Award is named after Harry Long, a member of the Ghurkas who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.
The award was given to Luke in recognition of his hard work in putting across Help The Heroes' message to everyone, and showing that it is possible to overcome hardship, pain and injury and win the day through sheer determination and effort.
There were many very well-off people taking part in the ride who had been motivated to help Help The Heroes through the efforts of Luke and many other people like him.
After another tiring but rewarding day, everyone retired to bed.
DAY 4 - JUNE 8th 2014
On Sunday morning everyone set off from Enfield to complete the final thirty miles to Blackheath and then on to their final destination at The Mall in Central London.
At Blackheath Common they met up with yet more groups who had been riding from various points all over the country to come together for the final ten miles into the heart of the Capital.
For the final ten miles through Central London, down Horse Guards Parade and into The Mall, the riders were joined by top cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta.
Mark is a patron of Help For Heroes and was introduced to the charity by Peta, who has also cycled many miles and raised thousands of pounds for the charity
|Mark and Peta Cavendish.|
Photo: Press Association/Daily Mail
|Hero Ride June 2014|
Luke Hardy is towards the right of the group wearing a yellow jersey. Many thanks to VICKY BROWN for allowing us to use this photo.
LINK: DAILY MAIL - MARK CAVENDISH JOINS HELP FOR HEROES RIDE
7th June 2014
10th June 2014