A group of serving personnel and veterans taking part in Hero Ride 2014 lived up to their heroic titles when they were first on the scene of a road traffic accident on the Shenfield Service Station slip road on Sunday 8 June. The group of eight which included Maj Richard McCord and Sgt Pete Sisson both from 13 Air Assault Support regiment, LCp Rhorn Robinson of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Cpl Sven Wood of Second Battalion of 16 Air Assault Brigade, LCpl Oli Borman from Royal Logistics Corps, Sgt Stephen McGonigle from formally 1 Medical Regiment, Mark Taylor and Nicholas Forth had embarked on their 80 mile ride to Blackheath when they witnessed the accident and without a moment’s hesitation jumped off their bikes to help.
Mark Taylor, a former Warrant Officer with the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and Help for Heroes ambassador was one of the first to reach the silver Skoda.
Recalling what happened Mark said: “We set off from Chavasse VC House at 2.15am, aiming to get to Blackheath in good time when we witnessed a car career into the central reservation and roll over onto the slip road. We all had to draw on our extensive military training and ran to the scene in our bike gear. The car was a complete mess, smoking and leaking fuel so we had to act quickly. We immediately called the emergency services, assessed the casualty and removed the casualty because of the risk of fire. We all pulled together to control the incident until the emergency services arrived.”
He added; ‘A passer by called us "not only Help for Heroes" but "Heroes that Help"!’
Once the emergency services arrived at the scene our heroes got back on their bikes and peddled the rest of the way to meet the 1,000 strong group of Help for Heroes staff, supporters, Veterans and Personnel, but before they did so stopped off at the Lee Rigby memorial to pay their respects.
A spokesperson for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said: “We’re really pleased to hear that these cyclists took the time to stop and help at a road traffic collision on Sunday morning. This just proves that they never stop being heroes and we’re very grateful for their assistance.”
Arriving at Blackheath from rides around the UK and Europe, the group cycled the final 10 miles into central London lead by Mark Cavendish and the wounded. Making the shape of the iconic Help for Heroes medal around the Cenotaph, the cyclists paused to pay their respects to those who have fallen or been injured while serving our Country. They continued past Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade to celebrate their fundraising efforts throughout the week, with speeches from co-founder of Help for Heroes Bryn Parry and former Chief of the General Staff Lord Dannatt.
To register interest for future Help for Heroes fundraising events and to receive an exclusive ‘early bird’ discount on Hero Ride 2015, please visit: www.heroride.org.uk
BAE Systems Rochester and Chain Reaction Cycles are the official supporting partners for Hero Ride 2014. We have also received generous support from Mercer Scaffolding, High5, Kraft and Mars.