Help for Heroes project needs our help
6:13am 2nd July 2012
(Updated 9:57am 2nd July 2012)
People in North Yorkshire are being encouraged to get on their bike and raise money for a local Help for Heroes Project.
The H4H Ride to Recovery is heading out into the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday 29th July and there are still lots of places left.
The route will take in stunning parts of the countryside including a 526 metre climb up the Buttertubs pass, the chance to whiz past the historic Castle Bolton and along the valley towards Askrigg, there's also a stop in the pretty village of Reeth for lunch.
There are three different lengths people can do, either a challenging 76 miles a more leisurely 33 miles or a family fun 10 miles.
The rides will start and finish at Catterick Athletic Stadium, where the Help for Heroes team will be on hand to talk to cyclists about Phoenix House, which is where their money will be spent.
Phoenix House Interim Centre is operated by Help for Heroes and opened in October 2011. It is one of five Personnel Recovery Centres around the UK. Funded predominantly by Help for Heroes and run in conjunction with the MOD, The Royal British Legion and other service charities the aim is to get wounded, injured and sick service personnel moving onto the next phase of their lives.
At Phoenix House soldiers can get support with all aspects of life, they can gain qualifications and work experience to help them on the road to recovery.
Help for Heroes has pledged £10.7m for a new purpose built Personnel Recovery Centre which will open in Spring 2013. It will have 46 fully accessible en-suite bedrooms, four family rooms, a charity welfare hub, craft room, and training and presentation and IT suites. A gymnasium with specialist equipment, a retail café and social areas will also be part of the new Centre.
CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE said;
"The Ride to Recovery will give local people the opportunity to take part in a fantastic day out in support of a local cause. All money raised from the Yorkshire Dales Ride to Recovery will go directly to supporting the projects at Phoenix House in Catterick. We may not be able to prevent our Service men and women from being hurt but we can certainly do our bit to help them get better."
Cyclists will be joined by ex-Servicemen and the families of those currently serving on operation - here are some examples:
Stacey Grisdale, from Catterick Three generations ride out for the wounded.
A mum of two from Catterick is setting off on the Help for Heroes Ride to Recovery.
Stacey Grisdale and her sons, aged 11 and 9, are taking part in the charity challenge on July 31st. The three will complete the 10 mile challenge, while Stacey's dad John Nicholson, will also be joining the family fun, but will be undertaking the 76 mile route.
The family are taking part because of their close military ties, Stacey's husband is in the army, he's a member of REME attached to the 1st Lancaster Regiment. Stacey's sister is also married to a soldier, giving dad John another good reason to get involved..
The whole family are big supporters of Help for Heroes Stacey says:
"It's a massive charity and for us the best to raise money for because of the amazing job they do for the army."
My boys are so excited about doing the ride and our youngest is already wanting to follow is dad into the military."
Paul Stevens, from Doncaster Riding High for Heroes.
A former member of the RAF from Doncaster is hoping as many people will get on their bikes and Ride to Recovery
Paul Stevens is doing the 76 mile Help for Heroes bike ride around the Yorkshire Dales.
Paul took up cycling as a way of cutting his travel costs, and caught the bicycle bug. He has since completed a 25 mile sponsored ride and hopes this latest challenge will really push him to the max.
The 48 year old, who spent time in the Falklands during his six years as a RAF chef, is thrilled to be supporting the military charity especially the new practical recovery centres.
"I read about what Phoenix House offers injured soldiers on the H4H website, they sound brilliant, what better cause to support especially with my RAF background."
Stephen McNamara, from Scarborough Special bike gets back on the road.
A fold up bike will be dusted down and taken on another Help for Heroes challenge after Scarborough man signs up for the Catterick Ride to Recovery.
Stephen McNamara will be cycling 76 miles around the Yorkshire Dales on a fold up bike
It's not the first time it's been used in a Help for Heroes event, in 2011 the bike was taken around prominent World War One and World War Two battle sites in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride.
The Catterick Ride to Recovery, which takes place on 29th July, although shorter, should be no less challenging, especially on such a small bike.
Stephen is a big support of Help for Heroes, he is a County Co-ordinator and has sons in the army, both of which have seen active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It's such a relevant charity for us and I want to do as much as I can."
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