To the moon and back in support of nation’s old soldiers
Retired Paul Robinson is gearing up to complete a hat-trick of cycling events to raise money for The Royal British Legion and commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Paul, 60, from Claughton-on-Brock, will complete an Honour Ride from the Cenotaph in London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this weekend, followed by the charity’s biggest cycling event – Pedal to Paris – in September.
Paul’s third event will see him cycle across Italy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Rome in the Second World War.
In total, Paul will cycle more than 1,000 miles to raise money to support the Legion’s vital work providing advice and practical support to Service personnel, veterans and the families.
Paul said: “I used to work at Vision Hire in Preston and the lady in the jewellers next to our shop used to tell me about her son who was in the Army. One day, I saw police turn up at the shop and I found out that her son had been killed in the Falklands.
“It really struck a chord with me as he was just a young lad.
“I also watched a documentary about veterans who end up on the streets and I just wanted to try and give something back.”
He has been doing charity bike rides since he turned 50 and has raised more than £8,000 for the Legion. In the past decade, he has cycled more than 20,000 miles – that’s the same as cycling nearly a 10th of the way to the moon.
To help Paul reach his fund-raising target please donate by visiting www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulRobinsonridesfortheRoyalBritishLegion.