Craig Preece - Family

Craig Preece

Craig's Story

As a soldier serving with the Royal Engineers, Craig Preece had a dream of becoming an instructor in the Physical Training Corps, but during a posting to Afghanistan, both his legs were severely damaged after a Taliban-planted roadside bomb blew up the vehicle in which he was travelling.

Constant, agonising pain in Craig’s right leg eventually led to it being amputated. With one prosthetic leg and a very weak left leg, he was unable to return to his favourite sport of running, so took up cycling.

As well as assisting with home and car adaptations to enable Craig to return home after a series of operations and physiotherapy to help him walk again, Help for Heroes bought him a racing bike so that he could compete at a good level and Craig, a father of two young boys, now hopes represent the UK at the 2016 Paralympic Games. He also took part in a ride from Edinburgh to London as part of last year’s Hero Ride, and loved the experience.

“I have got to a good level in cycling now, and that has been down to all the help and support I received from Help for Heroes but also many of the people involved in Hero Ride. So for me, it was all about giving something back to H4H and all those people. I wanted to raise money for H4H, as I have been able to turn to them whenever I need emotional support. They must be supported so they can be there for serving soldiers and veterans for a very long time – well after we pull out of Afghanistan.”