LETTER: Help for Heroes collection success

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I was the volunteer co-ordinator in the national Asda store campaign at the Wisbech branch and my team was on site throughout the weekend collecting for Help for Heroes. The team was small - just me, Keith Shering (a friend with whom I took part in the Help for Heroes Battlefield Bike Ride from Paris to London) and my wife, who thankfully helped out on the Saturday.

Keith and I started the Battlefield ride in late May from a wet Paris with around 200 others (including wounded veterans) and ended up completing the ride with about 1,400 cyclists from Blackheath to Horse Guards as part of the Hero Ride. Due to a sizeable lung infection (which aggravated my asthma), I didn’t quite make all the miles in the ride as I lost about 40% lung capacity and simply came to a halt mid Kent. During the ride we visited many cemeteries from battles as far apart as Agincourt to WW2. In total we raised £1,191.33 from the shoppers, and sold nearly £200 worth of Help for Heroes merchandise. It was a very successful weekend and this now means Keith and I are close to raising £6,000 for the ride. I did the ride last year too and raised £3,201, and £135 in a ride at Colchester.

Peter Bryant

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