Wiltshire cyclists get on their bike for SSAFA and Armed Forces Day

17th June 2019, 8:11am | By Marc Read |

With the Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury just under two weeks away, more than 50 cyclists took to the saddle today (Sunday 16 June) for an endurance ride to raise money for Armed Forces Day National Event main charity partner SSAFA.

The 75-mile route to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day took in the wonderful sights of Wiltshire, including places with a military significance, such as the Fovant Badges, Larkhill and Warminster.

Riders started at 8.30am from Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury, and finished at the same venue in the afternoon.

The cyclists were made up of Wiltshire Council officers, including Executive Director Dr Carlton Brand; plus Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory of SSAFA; Kier Pritchard and officers from Wiltshire Police; members of the Armed Forces; members of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service; representatives from Armed Forces Day National Event Platinum sponsors Lovell and KBR Aspire Defence; and representatives from Armed Forces Day National Event Gold sponsors.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “Congratulations to all the riders, who all gave up their Sunday to raise funds for Armed Forces Day National Event main charity partner SSAFA.

“It was fantastic to see so many riders finish this endurance event, and we’re fortunate that they had the beautiful backdrop of the Wiltshire countryside to enjoy as they took on the challenge.

“I’d particularly like to thank our Armed Forces Day National Event Platinum sponsors Lovell and KBR Aspire Defence, and our Gold sponsors BA Systems, General Dynamics, MiPermit for their support both at this event and the forthcoming Armed Forces Day National Event celebration at Hudson’s Field in Salisbury on 28-30 June.

“There are still free tickets available for all three days of the Armed Forces Day National Event. It promises to be a fantastic weekend, with military displays, an air show and a Royal visit, plus headline acts The Feeling and Björn Again already confirmed and the Saturday night headliner yet to be announced, so I’d urge everyone to get their tickets now!”

To sponsor the riders for today’s event, go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/afdcycle; to find out more about Armed Forces Day National Event, go to http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-afd.

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
Summer sports camps with 360 Degree Sports Coaching – book now!

Summer sports camps wit...

360 degree Sports Coaching received around £1000 from...
Essential roadworks will mean changes to access and opening days for Salisbury Household Recycling Centre

Essential roadworks wil...

Essential roadworks will affect access to Salisbury Ho...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...
Open Access Youth Café, Chippenham

Open Access Youth Café...

The Chippenham Community Area Young People Needs Asses...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...
Fundraising Event Volunteer

Fundraising Event Volun...

Julia's House, The Wiltshire and Dorset Children's Hos...
Appropriate Adult – supporting people in custody

Appropriate Adult ̵...

About the opportunity CCP's Appropriate Adults scheme...
Managing your money

Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take...
Shop Volunteer

Shop Volunteer

Julia’s House has 10 charity shops in Dorset and 2 i...
Youth Services (CMAS)

Youth Services (CMAS)

Community Mentoring and Support CiC (CMAS) is a social...

MarcReadCEM

RT @WILTSCIL: Calling all @BemertonHCent residents! W...
Collection Volunteer

Collection Volunteer

Julia's House, The Wiltshire and Dorset Children's Hos...

MarcReadCEM

Local News : Essential roadworks will mean changes to ...

MarcReadCEM

Just submitted my first draft of assignment 5 of 6 to ...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

MarcReadCEM

RT @Valley_News: 4 Reasons Salisbury is the Best Place...
The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

We are an established charity, and have been providing...
Dementia Day Course at Sarum College, Salisbury

Dementia Day Course at ...

Sarum College in Salisbury is a theological College an...
Now’s the time to Kick It Out

Now’s the time to Kic...

Wiltshire Council has teamed up with Swindon Town Foot...

MarcReadCEM

It's the #Salisbury youth grant panel this afternoon. ...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...