ssafa ride to the somme

teamSSAFA complete epic 'Ride to the Somme'

30 August 2017

teamSSAFA complete epic 'Ride to the Somme'

Last weekend, teamSSAFA took on the cycling challenge ‘Ride to the Somme’ where 140 riders rode over 200 miles in 3 days to honour the memory of the cycling soldiers that fought and fell during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.


Their route took in some of the most important battlefields of The Great War, through Arras and Ypres where the team laid wreaths at The Tyne Cot Memorial and The Menin Gate. Among the riders we have several staff and volunteers taking part, such as SSAFA CEO Sir Andrew Gregory, SSAFA Vice Chairman Wing Commander Kirsty Bushell and volunteer Kathy Munslow, who has been with the Staffordshire branch for 35 years and whose grandfather was saved by a Ghurkha during the First World War. We also had Jo Jones, the great niece of Noel Chavasse, the only man to receive two Victoria Crosses (in the First World War) and died at Passchendaele, and many riders honoured relatives who died at the Somme and Arras.

Our incredible riders hope to raise an amazing £180,000 - Join us in wishing them good luck!

Sign up for 2018 here.