Pedalling pensioners in centenary salute to Royal British Legion

Brothers Frank and Norman Head

Brothers Frank and Norman Head - Credit: Submitted

Two pedal-powered pensioners took part in a marathon bike ride to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s 100th anniversary.

Brothers Frank and Norman Head braved some inclement weather to complete their 140km feat.

But their efforts paid off and the seasoned cyclists are now on target to raise £1,000 for the charity.

Their ride took place in Staffordshire passing through Cannock Chase, as well as passing The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK's year-round centre of remembrance.

It began and ended at The Battle Back Centre Lilleshall, a specialist recovery facility that supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel to either return to active duty or make a smooth transition to life outside of the Armed Forces.

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading charity providing financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the British Armed Forces and their dependents.

Former aerospace engineer Frank, who is a member of the Axe Valley Pedallers and lives in Colyford, said the ride was challenging but enjoyable.

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He added: “I’ve been a keen cyclist for many years and so this was a great way of combining a passion with raising money for charity.

“The weather was mostly kind but we did have to contend with a couple of downpours along the way.”

Norman, who lives in Surrey, had previously taken part in a RBL ride through France visiting some historic sites and battlegrounds.

On 15 May the RBL marked its centenary with a special event at the Cenotaph, recreating the moment 100 years ago when the British Legion was formed.

RBL National President Lieutenant General James Bashall CB CBE laid a wreath at the Cenotaph and was joined by representatives from the Navy, Army, RAF and Merchant Navy along with a military widow.

The Poppy Ride was organised by the RBL as part of the charity’s centenary celebrations.

And if nothing else, through their efforts Frank and Norman proved beyond doubt that two Heads are better than one!
Frank’s Just Giving donation page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/frank-head1 and Norman’s at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/norman-head

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