Ex-Army amputee Wayne rides 100 miles for The Poppy Factory in Sunday’s Ride London event
Veteran Wayne Harrod from Cambridgeshire, who lost his leg in the army, will ride 100 miles for the UK’s leading employment charity for disabled veterans, The Poppy Factory, on Sunday 30th July 2017.
Wayne enlisted in the military when he was 16 and led a successful 25-year career until he was seriously injured in a tank accident and had to undergo a below-knee amputation. The transition into civilian life really knocked Wayne’s confidence. After leaving the Forces in 2011, Wayne was struggling to find employment before a friend recommended The Poppy Factory who helped him into a job he loves at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Wayne will be raising funds for The Poppy Factory’s life-changing employment support, helping to restore disabled veterans’ financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.
Whilst training for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Wayne said:
“Four years ago I wouldn’t be able to do this, I wouldn’t have the understanding on how to go on in life or to be pushed in the right direction. So I’m doing this because I can, it’s the right time and I want to help others. If there is a disabled veteran out there who is unaware of what their next step is going to be, then to do the ride, knowing the help and the good it’s going to give other veterans in a dark place, why wouldn’t I do it for The Poppy Factory?”
The Poppy Factory has one exclusive place for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 next year: https://www.poppyfactory.org/events/prudential-ride-london/
The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments. The charity provides bespoke opportunities and ongoing employment support for hundreds of disabled veterans across the country, helping to restore their financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.
Complex health issues developed during or after Service can make it incredibly tough for veterans to find and sustain civilian work. Financial instability can put strain on families and sometimes lead to homelessness. The Poppy Factory believes that sustainable and rewarding employment can give disabled veterans their independence back. By donating to The Poppy Factory, you are helping to provide a truly life-changing experience.
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Sunday 30 July 2017, will see 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travel through the capital and out through Richmond Park and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and through the Surrey Hills before a spectacular finish on The Mall in central London.
As well as an opportunity to take on a personal challenge in completing the ride, participants’ involvement will benefit good causes with thousands riding for charity. A record-breaking £12 million+ was raised for charity in 2015 bringing the total raised by riders since 2013 to more than £41 million. To raise money for Wayne please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/rblpoppyfactory
Follow Wayne on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/wayneharrod440?lang=en-gb