Reader letter: Terrific fundraising effort

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I was the volunteer co-ordinator in the national Asda store campaign at the Wisbech branch (liaising with Coral Cox at the store) 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 us out on the Saturday.

Keith and I started the Battlefield ride in late May from a wet Paris with a couple of hundred others (including wounded veterans on their hand bikes) and ended up completing the ride with about 1400 other cyclists from Blackheath to Horse Guards as part of the Hero Ride.

Due to a sizeable lung infection (which aggravated my asthma quite badly), 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 and wars as far apart as Agincourt to WWII.

My public blog posts on the ride are at:

In total, we raised £1191.33 from the shoppers who were incredibly generous and sold nearly £200 worth of Help for Heroes merchandise. It was a very successful weekend and this now means Keith and I are within a few pounds of raising £6,000 in funds for the ride.

I did the ride last year too and raised £3,201 then, and £135 in a ride at Colchester, which I did just a few days after a really big crash on my bike in Upwell.

Peter Bryant

Corylus Business Systems