Wyton: Pedal power for heroes
A TEAM of cyclists from RAF Wyton, will pedal 400 miles from Cherbourg to Paris in a bid to raise �10,000 for the Help for Heroes charity. The RAF members, civil servants and workers for defence contractors BAE Systems and Honeywell Aerospace, will leave
A TEAM of cyclists from RAF Wyton, will pedal 400 miles from Cherbourg to Paris in a bid to raise �10,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
The RAF members, civil servants and workers for defence contractors BAE Systems and Honeywell Aerospace, will leave Cherbourg on May 25.
On their route to Paris the cyclists will visit Second World War memorial sites and battlefields to commemorate the Allies' liberation of Europe 65 years ago.
Covering 80 miles a day, their journey will finish on May 29 at the Arc de Triomphe where they will lay a wreath before cycling under the Eiffel Tower.
The cyclists are undertaking their four-day ride to raise money for three Help for Heroes projects: a new �8million swimming complex at Headley Court, the services' rehabilitation centre, the charity Battle Back which helps disabled soldiers return to sporting activities, and the group, Combat Stress.
Visually impaired Elric Heslop, from St Ives, who works for Honeywell at RAF Wyton, will be leaving his guide dog, Harry, at home as he partners Carl Stretton, from Glatton who works for BAE Systems at Wyton, on the only tandem bicycle taking part.
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Elric said: "I can't think of a better cause. It's the least I can do. I feel we owe all our boys so much."
Civil servant Heather Uzzell added: "All our accommodation and travel will be funded privately so the greatest benefit of all our fundraising efforts will be reaped by the charity. We have been training hard in preparation for this challenge and welcome every last penny that's donated."
Also among those taking part from RAF Wyton are Helen Rogers from Offord Cluny, Laura Cuss, Mark Harrison and Clive Jones from St Ives.
Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 by a group of friends and service relations who wished to do something to help the wounded returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
INFORMATION: To support the cyclists donate on line at www.justgiving.com/bandofbicyclists