24/01/2014

Help for Heroes Ride from Brussels to Paris 2014

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Geoff and Gill Reeve have signed up to take part in the 2014 Help for Heroes Ride from Brussels to Paris.

The ride culminates with the Hero Ride in London ending at Horse Guards Parade on the 8th June.  It is hard to believe that we completed the 2009 Paris ride five years ago to celebrate hitting 60!! Yes you have worked out that this time we will be 65 – well not until August in Gill’s case – and it seems a fitting way to celebrate, if a little daunting, as we will be cycling 335 miles in 5 days one of which will be an 80 mile plus bash!!

The 09 trip was a life changing experience for both of us as we were humbled by the number of injured service men and women who completed the ride without complaint. We need to raise approx. £3,000 by way of sponsorship by the beginning  of March and we have therefore  set up a joint  website to attract support as this guarantees tax relief gaining at least 25% for the Charity- www.bmycharity.com/greeve.  Cheques can also be sent to the Office payable please to Help for Heroes.

In 09 we raised over £10,000 between us due to the generosity of our friends/clients/local businesses and residents who sponsored us.

We have since been privileged to visit the new  Recovery Centre at Tidworth, that your money has helped fund, which left us both in awe of the facilities. We also visited  the HQ of Help for Heroes which undoubtedly has an aura about it which is hard to explain. What we all have to realise is that so many of the injured are now only in their late teens or early 20’s so they will need continuing support for many years to come. Not all have been injured in conflict but they all still need support.

I do hope that you will be able to support our latest, possibly insane, venture and I think that I can safely promise that it is unlikely that we will repeat this in 2019 to celebrate another milestone!! Hopefully Belgium is a little flatter than France.

I would finally suggest that you visit the Help for Heroes website as this  does give you a lot more information or we would be only too pleased to discuss further. This Charity has undoubtedly won our hearts as we have seen first hand the injuries that our Service men and woman have suffered and not once did we hear complaints as they all took the view that they had to make the best of their lot and get on with life. Inspirational is the only word for it.