Help for Heroes Recovery Performance Director, Peter Smith, has taken part in two Big Battlefield Bike Rides (BBBR). His aim? To fundraise for Help for Heroes and support our wounded, injured and sick. Discover why he’s signed up for the third time, and why he believes the BBBR is the ultimate charity fundraising event.
As a keen cyclist, there was no question but to sign up again for Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2019... it’s wonderful riding through France and absorbing the history. My passion for the Charity also motivates me to take part, it’s a great feeling to see fundraisers engaged and inspired having seen what their effort achieves.
It really is one of the best charity fundraising events around, because you actively witness what your fundraising does. Cycling alongside those we support, allows you to see and hear about how Help for Heroes changes people’s lives for the better. To listen to tales of ongoing recovery or see someone cycle for the first time after a life-changing injury is a deeply emotional experience.
Cycling 70 miles a day over five days may sound like a big challenge, but the camaraderie and history make it a truly memorable experience. Every time I have ridden friendships have been formed, and there’s a unique sense of family that helps you get through those miles.
And the support starts from the very beginning. If you’re worried about how to fundraise, Help for Heroes offer plenty of advice to help you reach your target. Blogs like this recent one from John Burns another BBBR rider, are full of easy fundraising ideas to help you hit your target. The Charity’s Events Team are also on hand to help out, take a look at their BBBR events Facebook page, which is full of tips: facebook.com/events/321297731750297.
I have experienced so much on each BBBR. First of all, it’s great to spend a week away from my desk!
Visiting historic locations on the ride (whether War Graves or battlefields) and hearing expert guides retell the history of Heroes past is incredibly moving. To witness this alongside our Heroes of today makes it more poignant and motivates your fundraising efforts.
I also love meeting new people. All walks of life take part – from individuals stretching themselves, to corporate organisations taking on group fundraising challenges. It’s great to be able to talk about my role in the Charity and motivate riders, simply by explaining how their extraordinary fundraising actively helps Veterans, Service Personnel and their Families.
It’s the experience of a lifetime, where you’ll see first-hand the incredible things your support achieves. Riding beside fellow fundraisers and those Help for Heroes supports also makes the week an enjoyable social event… after all fundraising should always be fun!
So, if you’re thinking about cycling in 2019, I urge you to secure your place on this amazing event.
You won’t regret it
Thursday 8 November 2018‘The Hero – A West End & Friends Tribute’ pays thanks servicemen and women around the World and is raising money for the UK charity, Help For Heroes.