Barbara spent 18 years in the Territorial Army, so can understand the hurdles and difficulties wounded service men and women can face. A lot of the men she served with over this time did tours, a couple of whom didn’t make it back alive. That’s why Barbara has signed up to do her bit and ride with Heroes this June as part of Hero Ride East. Hero Ride East is a 100 mile bike ride through the Essex countryside, meeting up with Hero Ride’s North, West and South and finishing in Windsor for a mass celebration.
Barbara, from Bury St. Edmunds, hasn’t been on a bike for 10 years, and now she's doing one of the UK's great Essex bike rides. This makes it a personal challenge for her but she also feels this greater London to Windsor bike ride she must do to show her respect. “I didn’t realise how much bikes have changed since I last rode one! It will be a challenge but this is nothing when you compare the challenges our Heroes have encountered. It will be a privilege to ride with them.”
“I’m looking forward to riding with a lot of people and the camaraderie that it all entails, the laughter, probably a few tears and the general ‘togetherness’ something of this magnitude brings out in people. Help for Heroes is a charity I am always happy to support.
And is there anything she is dreading? “Yes, the following morning! But I know it will all be worth it!”
If you would like to ride with heroes like Barbara you can find out more here www.heroride.org.uk