May 12 2017
FORMER ROYAL ENGINEER and John Henry Group supervisor John Wilson is preparing himself for an epic charity cycling challenge to raise money for veterans of the UK armed forces.
John, 54, who served in the British Army’s Royal Engineers for nine years between 1977 and 1988 in the Falklands, Saudi Arabia, Ireland and Germany, is set to cycle up to 80 miles a day across France and Belgium to mark 100 years since the infamous Battle of Passchendaele – one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, staged in Belgium.
Riding with his brother Andy, 63, also a Royal Engineers veteran and other former army veterans from the same regiment, the team will need to complete the 80 mile targets each day in time for a special memorial ceremony.
“The team are each covering their own expenses so all the proceeds we raise go straight to SSAFA, the UK armed forces’ official charity,” said John, who has worked for John Henry Group’s comms division for ten years.
“My brother and I are both keen cyclists and this has been our hobby since we were kids – this was my brother’s idea to take part.”
“I’m not really nervous but I am excited to be taking part.”
John, who needs to raise in excess of £1,500, will be sporting a special shirt for the ride, which has been designed by his fellow competitors.
The team will also wear the official green SSAFA shirt later in the event.
*All proceeds go straight to SSAFA, the armed forces’ charity. Click below to donate to John’s fundraising page.