Cyclists help forces charity raise £100m

Paul and Katie Wilson in Paris with Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry.

Paul and Katie Wilson in Paris with Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry.

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A COUPLE from Grantham cycled from Portsmouth to Paris to raise money for armed forces charity Helf for Heroes.

Paul and Katie Wilson, who have raised £25,000 for the charity in the last three years with their youth band Music Machine, took part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, a route which took them through the areas of northern France that were scene of fighting in the First World War.

Katie said: “The ride was undertaken by almost 300 cyclists including a number of our wounded guys from the Army Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.

“For the first time this year we cycled with more than a dozen guys who had lost one or both of their legs in incidents over the last couple of years. Their courage, determination and sense of humour in the face of appalling injuries was more than inspirational, it was humbling.”

When the riders reached Paris they were told by founders Bryn and Emma Parry that the charity had broken through the £100 million barrier since it was founded.

But the charity still aims to raise more, and Paul and Katie are planning a fund-raising concert on Monday, July 4 in aid of the cause.

It takes place at 7pm on Monday, July 4, at Grantham Cricket Club, Gorse Lane.

Tickets, at £5 each are available from the Melton Mowbray Building Society in High Street, Grantham, or FOX UK Music in Westgate.