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25 September 2013

5 Day Charity Cycle For SSAFA Sets Off In Scotland

An intrepid team of 36 cyclists has set off on the 500 mile Ride of Britain cycle challenge from Edinburgh to London.

5 Day Charity Cycle For SSAFA Sets Off In Scotland

Friends, family and members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland today waved off an intrepid team of 36 cyclists from the historic Holyrood House. The Ride of Britain team, made up of civilians, serving and ex-serving personnel, will cycle over 500 miles from Edinburgh to London in just five gruelling days to raise money to support SSAFA's work with our Forces and their families.

Now in its third year, each team member for the Ride of Britain has pledged to raise over £1,300 and all money raised will help the charity continue its vital work.

Team member and ex-serving member of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, Fiona Grist said, “I have known about SSAFA throughout my military career so had a good understanding about its role and function.

“Over the years I have done lots of fundraising for other charities but I think the SSAFA Ride of Britain is a great opportunity for me to give a bit back to our Forces and their families.“

The route covers challenging countryside, through the rugged fells of Cumbria to one of Britain’s best loved national parks, the Yorkshire Dales, into the UK’s industrial heartland of Derbyshire and the quaint villages of Cambridgeshire. On the final day, the cyclists will pedal their way through the buzzing atmosphere of London, before finishing their gallant ride at the iconic Wellington Barracks.

Stephen King, SSAFA Regional Fundraising Manager said just before setting off with the team, “Although we’ve all trained really hard, the next five days are going to be tough and will really push us to the limits of physical endurance. But everyone is on really good form this morning and we’re just looking forward to getting on our way now!”

Colonel Hugo Grant, the Deputy Commander for the Scottish Brigade, said as he witnessed the team’s departure this morning, “It’s absolutely wonderful to see the public get behind our Armed Forces and charity fund raising initiatives like this. SSAFA does an outstanding job for the nation’s servicemen and women and their families, and I am delighted to be here today to support this challenging event. I wish the team every success on their endeavour.”

This year’s ride is being supported by Fujitsu Defence and National Security. The company has a team of eight cyclists taking part in the ride and hopes to raise over £10,000.