A group of former soldiers, including one who suffered brain damage and lost both legs in a blast in Afghanistan, have set off on a 1,000-mile charity cycle ride and will pass through Herefordshire today, stopping off at Hereford Cathedral at approximately 1.30pm this afternoon.

L/Bombardier Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, has joined nine other amputee veterans to pedal from John O’ Groats to Land’s End over 13 days.

The team is raising funds for a charity that helps injured soldiers and awareness about Motor Neurone Disease.

L/Bdr Parkinson said he had waited “too long” for the challenge.

The 36-year-old has teamed up with fellow amputees from Birmingham, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, London, Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as a number of firefighters for the charitable expedition.

Ben said:

“It’s been a long time in lockdown and I haven’t seen anybody for months.

“There’s always someone struggling and now it’s my chance to support John to get him on his way.”

To donate, please visit https://pilgrimbandits.org/fundraising-and-donations/

Photo Credit: Arlene Chart