Royal Military Police to visit Honiton

Shop owners’ son will be among them. Benjamin Slater is a member of the Close Protection Unit.

WHEN a member of the Close Protection Unit in the Royal Military Police visits Honiton with his colleagues, it will be a real treat for a local business couple.

Benjamin Slater will be visiting the town in June - and his mum and dad, local sweet shop owners Tracey and Stewart Slater, will be pulling out all the stops to help promote his cause.

The team is cycling the length and breadth of Britain in a bid to help raise �20,000 for the Military Police Central Benevolent Fund.

Members will stop off in Honiton en-route to the start line at Land’s End.

The challenge is just one of six being undertaken for the cause this year and Benjamin hopes people in Honiton will turn out to meet the cyclists - and give generously.

Benjamin and his colleagues will arrive in High Street during the afternoon on June 29 and his parents have offered to man a stall in support of the effort outside St Paul’s Church.

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They won’t have far to travel from their shop - Sweets and Treats is just up the road!

The non-stop cycle to John O’Groats will cover a distance of just under 1,000 miles.

Cyclists will take it in turns to be in the saddle and a motor home has been provided by Solent Motor Homes to give the participants a decent rest.

Other sponsors include Jet fuel, Tesco and, of course, Sweets and Treats.

Benjamin told The Midweek Herald that those not cycling on the Honiton leg of the journey will spend some time in Honiton, meeting members of the public.

The charity assists serving and retired members of the military police, as well as the dependants of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

Once on the road, the team of up to eight aims to complete the challenge in an amazing four days.

Watch this space for further information about the visit to Honiton.

You don’t have to wait until June to support the cause.

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