Mother and son’s epic charity ride for SSAFA
This June, mother and son, Tracey and Luke Blake from Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, are cycling over 200 miles for charity on their specially designed disability trikes with their ‘moral officer’ and assistance dog – Chewbacca.
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The trio will be departing from HMS Drake on Monday 20th June and will aim to arrive at The Maritime Club on Saturday 2nd July. They will ride for 11 days with a well-deserved three night rest stop at Bovington.
Tracey, a former member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) damaged her neck in an accident whilst serving her country and has battled limited and debilitating neck movement and severe headaches ever since. Her son Luke (18) is autistic and they, along with Chewbacca, have named themselves the ‘P2P Trikers’ for their very personal trek from Plymouth to Portsmouth.
The P2P Trikers are raising vital funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, which supports current troops, reservists, veterans and their families in need. They are also supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund.
Local businesses and members of the public have kindly offered the P2P Trikers room and board for the nights on their route and the hope is that local residents will come out and cheer them on as they ride by or stop to catch their breath in the towns and villages on their way.
- 20 June: Leg 1 – Devon: HMS Drake, Plymouth to Buckfastleigh.
- 21 June: Leg 2 – Devon: Buckfastleigh to Sandy Bay
- 22 June: Leg 3 – Devon: Sandy Bay to Sidmouth.
- 23 June: Leg 4 – Devon to Dorset: Sidmouth to Charmouth.
- 24 June: Leg 5 – Dorset: Charmouth to Dorchester.
- 24 – 27 June: rest stop at Bovington, Dorset.
- 27 June: Leg 6 – Dorset: Dorchester to Wareham.
- 28 June: Leg 7 – Dorset: Wareham to Christchurch.
- 29 June: Leg 8 – Dorset to Hampshire: Christchurch to Brockenhurst.
- 30 June: Leg 9 – Hampshire: Brockenhurst to Marchwood.
- 1 July: Leg 10 – Hampshire: Marchwood to Gosport.
- 2 July: Final leg (11) – Hampshire: Gosport to The Maritime Club, Portsmouth.
Tracey who is now a volunteer for SSAFA’s Portsmouth Division and manages around 15 volunteer caseworkers, said: “It’s going to be a long ride but with my son and Chewie by my side, we’ll make it. I volunteer for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and my work in Portsmouth supporting the veteran and serving community in the local area is so rewarding I wanted to do this ride for them so they can continue with their good work. If anyone wants to support us, visit our page.”
SSAFA volunteer caseworkers support members of the Armed Forces community in a range of ways, including visiting them in their homes, assessing their needs, assisting with house adaptations for a service man or woman injured whilst fighting for their country, raising the rent for a young veteran unemployed and struggling to transition from military life to civilian life, befriending a lonely, elderly veteran and providing them with some much-needed company and providing support with issues such as homelessness, marriage breakdown, debt and mental health problems.
SSAFA is the oldest national military charity in the UK and its network of more than 7,000 volunteers supports some 60,000 serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families each year.
- To show your support for Tracey and Luke and to raise funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity please visit their fundraising page.