veterans on cycling tour to visit Burnham-On-Sea next week
group of 30 veterans from the UK and the US are taking part in
a 120-mile cycling challenge - which will visit Burnham-On-Sea
next week - to aid their rehabilitation after injury.
event, named SR UK, will pass through various points of the Wiltshire
and Somerset countryside including Burnham-On-Sea on Monday October
5th when the cyclists will ride to Wells.
of Blesma, The Limbless Veterans and The Wounded Warrior Project,
will cycle on average 30 miles per day over five days starting
and ending in a different place each day. The activity serves
as a chance for them to regain confidence in their abilities,
improve their fitness and recapture a sense of camaraderie they
may feel they have lost since leaving the military.
riders will be passing through Swindon, Marlborough, Burnham-On-Sea,
Wells, Malmesbury, Bradford-on-Avon, Longleat Estate and Salisbury.
final day will see the riders start at Bushey Park in London and
finish the week at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, where they will
be greeted by the Chelsea Pensioners.
Bell is one of four riders who will be completing the weeks
routes on a hand-bike. He was paralysed from the chest down in
a military training accident while serving with The Green Howards.
said: "Im really looking forward to SR UK next week.
Im expecting the cycling to be challenging, but thats
part of the fun! Im also keen to catch up with other Blesma
members and make some new American friends."
Le Grys MBE, Chief Executive of Blesma, added: "SR UK is
a highlight in the Blesma Activities Programme. It is a tough
cycle over five days, through two counties and London, to end
at The Royal Hospital Chelsea. We really enjoy hosting the injured
Veterans from the US. A unique fellowship is built. The Ride is
aimed at promoting the subjective, psychological and social well-being
of the injured. For the participants it is a moving experience,
even life changing. It is a memorable journey for families and
volunteers too and we appreciate their support greatly."
The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless
service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed
in the years following the First World War and became a national
charity in 1932.