Army charity to benefit from Thorney Island soldier’s cycle challenge

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SOLDIERS from Thorney Island will be cycling in memory of fallen comrades.

Members of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery will cycle one mile for each of the 396 soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the campaign started. They will be using static spinning cycles which are much harder to pedal than normal cycling machines.

Their base will be outside Tesco Extra in Solent Road, Havant, on February 1 and they hope there will be plenty of donations to the Army Benevolent fund.

Captain James Burnett said: ‘There will be nine of us and we’re doing it to awareness in the public eye and to raise money for a very worthwhile charity.

‘The ABF is one of the quieter charities that does a lot of work behind the scenes that you don’t very often hear about.’

The cycle begins at 9am. You can donate by going to justgiving.com/HQbatterychallenge.

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