Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
14 November 2013

Bobby on a Bike team raises £15,000 for our Forces

A 62 strong team of riders took on the 400 miles in 4 days challenge from the Suffolk coast to the Welsh coast, with some impressive fundraising results.


Bobby on a Bike team raises £15,000 for our Forces with SSAFA

In May this year, a team of 62 riders assembled in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast for the Bobby on a Bike cycle challenge. They were ready to ride 400 miles to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast in just 4 days. Their impressive efforts in the challenge has so far raised an amazing £15,000 for our Forces and their families.

Bobby on a Bike is the brainchild of Suffolk Police Dog Handler, Neil Smith. The route for the annual May ride is renowned as one of the toughest 4 day bike rides out there. The first challenge took place in 2002, now nine events later the Bobby on a Bike riders have raised over £110,000 for various charities.

Organiser Neil says, “Each year I choose a different charity to benefit, this year I chose SSAFA. I’m ex-Forces and many of our riders are too.”

He continues, “My brother in law is a serving Royal Navy officer and as he wanted to take part this year, together with a small group from RNAS Yeovilton, I thought it would be a great idea to raise money for SSAFA. With such a personal connection to the Forces, it is great to be able to support SSAFA's great work.”

Megan Bailey from SSAFA's fundraising team, says, "From organising a cycle challenge to sitting in a bath of beans, our fundraisers are an amazing bunch. We're so proud that we can support them every step of the way and help make their money raising ideas possible."

Find out how you can organise your own fundraiser for SSAFA.

Read more about the Bobby on a Bike challenge.