We are delighted and honoured to announce Mark Cavendish as our newest Patron. The Isle of Man-based professional road cycling star will join his fiancée Peta Todd and numerous others such as Ross Kemp and Lorraine Kelly as an official supporter of the Charity.
Mark is a perfect fit with the charity as we continue to grow our strong association with cycling. The charity was founded with a fundraising bike ride in 2007 and has continued to utilise the sport as a great means for the recovery of our wounded heroes. Now an annual ride, The Hero Ride will take place on the 2 June 2013 and Mark will be championing the day as his first assignment as patron. No one could be better suited to this role as Mark continues to dominate the cycling world having just won the 2013 Tour of Qatar.
Mark first became involved with Help for Heroes in 2010, when he attended a Help for Heroes event in California, here Mark met Peta who was the welcoming party for the injured war veterans who had just completed a trans-America charity bike ride.
Since his introduction to Help for Heroes, Mark has continued his support of the charity by visiting Headley Court and the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centres and by meeting numerous brave wounded heroes. One such encounter saw Mark give his winning Tour de France jersey to Private Scott Meenagh, one of the many wounded who has benefited from Help for Heroes strong connection with cycling.
On becoming a patron of the Charity, Mark said; “I have seen first-hand the great work that Help for Heroes do and I’m a passionate supporter of the charity. Hero Ride is a very special project to me because it engages the sport I love for a greater cause. Get on your bike and set yourself a challenge – whether it is to ride 10, 100 or 1,000 miles - join Help for Heroes in London on 2 June for the grand finale.”
Bryn Parry said; “Mark has been an inspirational supporter of Help for Heroes and we are delighted to have his continued support going forward. We are incredibly proud to announce Mark as a patron of the Charity, especially with the charities’ long term association with cycling; this announcement is testament to the value of his on-going contribution and commitment to our wounded heroes who need that support, for life.”
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