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Sunday 15 June 2014

Paying tribute to our Heroes on Father's Day

Posted by: Help For Heroes | Categories: General

Every Father’s Day is a gift for Major Steve McCulley, as he feared he would never see his children again after an IED injury in 2011.

For all of us, Father’s Day is a time to cherish those dear to you and appreciate your family in whatever shape or size it may come in. Major Steve McCulley understands this better than most, as after an injury in 2011 that left his body littered with shrapnel, he wasn’t expected to have much time left to share with loved ones.

Father of two Steve recalls, “Shrapnel hit me everywhere, but my more serious injuries were the large holes in the right hand side of my chest where the shrapnel fractured six of my ribs and tore through my right lung. Everything started going dark - I thought I was going to die, never see my kids again."

Against the odds, Steve made a good initial recovery but a year later he had to undergo major surgery to remove shrapnel. Steve lost 80% of his lung, which makes him lethargic and prevents him from doing any impact exercise, apart from cycling. He explains, "I have always loved bikes and with support from the Royal Marines and Help for Heroes, I founded LIOS Bikes.” LIOS – named after his two children, Lily and Oscar, is a bespoke bike building and fitting service.

Steve has just completed the Big Battlefield Bike Ride as part of Hero Ride 2014. He left us this message whilst riding last week:

"It's so great to be out here - this is my first big challenge since I was injured. It is day two and I have met so many great people who are raising money for H4H and supporting us. It is hard to be away from home though and I'm missing my wife Janey and two children Oscar and Lily. But they are coming to cheer me on in London at the Hero Ride finale which will make it all the more special."

Help us to keep supporting Dads like Steve, by signing up to provide support for life. We want to be there for Servicemen and women and their families for the rest of their lives, and to do this we need your support.

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