Mother and son complete epic charity ride for SSAFA
In June, mother and son team Tracey and Luke Blake from Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, cycled over 200 miles for charity on specially designed disability trikes with their assistance dog Chewbacca.
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The trio, who call themselves the ‘P2P Trikers’, departed from HMS Drake in Plymouth on Monday, 20 June, and arrived at The Maritime Club in Portsmouth on Saturday, 2 July. They rode for 11 days, including a well-deserved three-night rest 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.
The P2P Trikers raised vital funds for SSAFA, the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Children’s Fund.
Tracey, who volunteers for SSAFA’s Portsmouth Division and manages 15 volunteer caseworkers, said: “It was a long ride, but with my son and Chewie by my side, we made it. Because my work supporting the veteran and serving community in the local area is so rewarding, I wanted to do this ride for them so the good work can continue.”
SSAFA volunteer caseworkers like Tracey 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 injured service men and women; raising rent money for young, unemployed veterans struggling to transition from military to civilian life; befriending lonely, elderly veterans; and providing much-needed company and support for those with issues such as homelessness, marriage breakdown, debt and mental health problems.