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Former servicemen and volunteers take part in 24 hour bike ride in Romford to raise funds for Help for Heroes

PUBLISHED: 10:43 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 07 September 2018

From left to right are: Paul Allen-Smith, beneficiary Justin Henderson and John Burns. Photo: John Burns

From left to right are: Paul Allen-Smith, beneficiary Justin Henderson and John Burns. Photo: John Burns

John Burns

A group of four former servicemen and volunteers are going to cycle for 24 hours non-stop at The Bull pub in Romford Market place in a couple of weeks.

Paul Allen-Smith (far right) and John Burns (front centre) with other members who took part in another Help for Heroes sponsored cycle. Photo: John BurnsPaul Allen-Smith (far right) and John Burns (front centre) with other members who took part in another Help for Heroes sponsored cycle. Photo: John Burns

A group of former servicemen and volunteers are going to take part in a 24 hour bike ride in Romford to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Army veteran, John Burns, from Upminster, and three other friends will be non-stop cycling at The Bull pub in Romford Market Place on Saturday, September 22 - starting at midday and going through the night in relays of one hour on, two hours off on static bikes.

Others taking part are A.P Wyatt, Martin Burrows, Paul Smith-Allen and Greg O’Sullivan.

Martin Burrows is an RAF veteran, and is county coordinator for Stafford and has been fundraising since 2010.

He has taken part in 10 rides for Help for Heroes (H4H) including seven battlefield bikes - 350 miles each time - across battlefields of Northern Europe and has raised around £80k for H4H.

Paul Smith-Allen, has been a volunteer since 2012, and has taken part in five battlefield rides and three other H4H rides, raising around 15k for the charity.

Greg O’Sullivan, is also a volunteer and has been taking part in fundraising since 2012, taking part in two battlefield rides, raising around £30k for H4H.

John - who has organised the event - has been a volunteer for two years, and has taken part in two battlefield rides, raising around £12k.

Paul and John are also currently fundraising for the 2019 battlefield ride which will be visiting the beaches of Normandy for 75th anniversary.

On the day of the 24 hour cycle there will also be a stall outside in the market selling Help for Heroes branded merchandise, and there will be two raffles.

One will be the traditional raffle with prizes to include a champagne hamper, H4H goodies hamper, a meal for two in Sargeants Mess, in London, a £50 voucher to use in The Jobbers Rest in Upminster, plus many more.

The second will be a guess the mileage travelled by the cyclists in the 24 hours.

Speaking to the Recorder John said: “Imagine your life changing overnight. Suddenly, the world you knew is not accessible. You must start from scratch, all over again.

“This is happening right now.

“Every day, seven people leave the Armed Forces with life changing injuries.

“Many struggle, meaning they and their families need specialist help to aid recovery from wounds both visible and hidden.

“Your donation allows Help for Heroes to continue providing vital support, now and in the future.

“Thank you for supporting me, Help for Heroes and all those who need them.”

So far they have raised £150 and are hoping to raise £700 - to donate visit their JustGiving page.

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