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Charity ride supports wounded soliders


Helen Hancox, from the UK raised £2,501.07 for Help for Heroes to support the charity’s work at Chavasse VC House, Colchester’s Personnel Recovery Centre.

Helen covered the 701 mile journey from the Brandenburg Gate to Trafalgar Square on her ICE Sprint. The 41-year-old cannot ride a normal bicycle after having metal implants fitted in her left arm as part of treatment for a bone tumour.

Helen said: “I have a disability that places restrictions on my life, but I wanted to demonstrate that disabled people can still do challenges like this. I can’t put weight on my arm, so I cannot grip the handlebars of a normal bike, but still enjoy cycling.

“I’d been to Berlin last year and really enjoyed the city and decided to go back this spring and cycle back to London and raise money for charity. When I found out about this centre, my personal circumstances made Help for Heroes the natural charity to support.”

Chavasse VC House, which opened earlier in May, gives wounded, injured and sick soldiers additional care and support to help them successfully return to duties or transition into civilian life. It was funded by Help for Heroes with a significant contribution from The Royal British Legion towards its operating costs.

Help for Heroes centre manager Steve Schollar said: “I would like to thank Helen for her efforts and generous fundraising. She stopped to see the centre on her way from Harwich to London, which was just before we opened, and it’s great to welcome her back now we’re up and running.

“The centre is busy and there’s a definite sense that we are making a real difference to the lives of the soldiers we are working with.”

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