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Wednesday 15 June 2022

Peter's pedalling odyssey nets £3,000

Posted by: Help For Heroes | Categories: General

A former director has raised more than £3,000 for the Charity after cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Peter Smith, 68, served in the Army from 1973 to 2009, with another three years as a reservist, before working with us from 2009 to 2020.

He completed the 990-mile trek on a 28-year-old, six-speed bicycle, carrying four kilograms of clothing and equipment. He was aiming to cover around 70 miles per day – although on one day he completed 105 miles.

Smith, a former Lieutenant-Colonel with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, who now lives in Winterbourne Stoke, explained: “I haven’t added up the calories expended from the Strava app, but I have lost five pounds in two weeks, despite ‘eating for England’ every evening. We climbed 54,399 feet during the challenge – which is approaching twice the height of Everest.

“There are a lot of stats, but the important one is that I raised more than £3,000 for the charity – and there are still a few pledges outstanding. I had great support from former Help for Heroes colleagues, who caught up with me at various points along the route, including near Dartmoor, in Shropshire, at Perth, in Scotland, and, finally, at John O’Groats, where I was greeted by an entire family of supporters.”

It’s not too late to support Peter Smith’s fundraising efforts; please visit his Just Giving page.