In June 2014, Help for Heroes supporters will be cycling from Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Tedworth uniting in central London for the grand Hero Ride 2014 finale.
I will be one of the cyclists riding approximately 335 miles from Brussels to London, via Paris.
To mark the World War One Centenary, the route will follow much of the Western Front and whilst remembering the heroes of yesterday and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we will be raising money to help the heroes of today.
Who am I?? Just your average single mum who’s about to become a first time nona and hoping baby doesn’t arrive whilst I’m away! Someone who does the 9-5, housework, cooking, taxi driving and bills before I can even consider training! I’m not an athlete, there will be no entourage and I’m back to work the next day!
So why? If my Grandfather had not returned from WW1, my mum, my sisters, our children and their children would not exist to know the freedoms we do today. My uncle lost his life in WW2. My son is in the Forces and my nephew is going through the application process – the Forces have always been part of our life.
I have heard the negatives – stupid, mad, crazy and the questions ‘why?’ I have my low moments when I want to give up, when I want my life back, when I want someone else to do it for me, when I just want to be at home – but paying my respects to those who gave their lives in World War 1 whilst supporting the heroes of today it puts it all back into perspective.
And in the words of Edward Everett Hale
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do