I-drive Disability News Updates: Wounded British and US servicemen come together for Soldier Ride UK
A group of wounded servicemen and women from the UK and US are joining forces to tackle a 250 mile challenge, Soldier Ride UK.
The challenge will begin this Saturday (6 October) at Sandringham estate and last for six days with the group cycling through towns along the Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex coast and finishing in Greenwich, London on Thursday (11 October).
Around 30 serving and veteran disabled men and women will be taking part in the challenge to raise awareness of the obstacles they face following injury in battle.
Soldier Ride UK is now in its second year and is based on the highly successful Soldier Ride series in the US which is organised by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The UK version is a collaboration between WWP, the Army Benevolent Fund The Soldier’s Charity and the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (BLESMA). Between them, the three charities provide support and rehabilitation to serving and veteran personnel, both injured and disabled, and their families on both sides of the Atlantic.
Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, says: “The recent Paralympics opened everyone’s eyes to the amazing things a disabled person can achieve in their chosen sport.
“Not only will Soldier Ride UK participants undergo a great physical challenge and achieve personal milestones; they will raise awareness of the need for ongoing public support for the wounded soldiers from both nations.”
The soldiers’ progress can be followed on Twitter during the challenge @SoldierRideUK.
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