Help for Heroes Patron Jeremy Clarkson visited the Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, this week to meet troops who have been affected by life-changing injuries and illness and will benefit from crucial funds raised by the charity’s latest fundraising initiative: Hero Ride.
Top Gear presenter Clarkson, who has been a long-time supporter of the British Armed Forces, spent time with a number of Service personnel and veterans at the Help for Heroes-run Recovery Centre to help promote the biggest cycling demonstration of national support for the wounded this country has ever seen.
Clarkson said, “I was very privileged this week to spend time with some incredible young men and women at the Help for Heroes-run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House.
“I met a number of troops who have been wounded both here and overseas in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and to see where the funding that Help for Heroes has raised has been spent was quite an eye opener.
“Tedworth House is an amazing place where service personnel can recover and has state of the art recovery facilitates in a comfortable environment for both them and their visiting families.
“I’d like to encourage as many of the great British public as possible to take to their bikes and fundraise in what will be a brilliant day to raise money and also celebrate our heroes.”
Through Hero Ride, the British public will pledge to support our young men and women, and their families, now and as they grow old.
Corporal Josh Boggi from 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers, lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED on New Year’s Eve in 2010 while serving with the Counter IED Task Force in Afghanistan.
Josh is now training for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride element of the Hero Ride, using a handbike which Help for Heroes funded for him.
Upon meeting Clarkson today, the 26-year-old said, “To have support from Jeremy Clarkson means so much to the Armed Forces and his support for Hero Ride, which will raise vital funds for Centres such as this at Tedworth House, is fantastic.
“Help for Heroes have been there for me right from the start. They first supported me with significant funding for my housing adaptations and now, through their Band of Brothers support network, I have taken up hand cycling.
“Help for Heroes have supported me once again with a fully fitted and adapted hand bike which I will be using to tackle 350 miles through France as part of Hero Ride. I cannot express how much this support means to me and my family. I know that no matter what, Help for Heroes will always be there for me.”
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