Injured Gosport soldier calls for cyclists to join bike ride

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SERGEANT Simon Harmer, who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, is calling on people to support the Help for Heroes’ 2013 Hero Ride.

Sgt Harmer, 33, who trained at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport as part of the 33 Field Hospital, helped announce the launch of the ride alongside Prime Minister David Cameron.

On May 20 next year, cyclists will set off from all corners of the country and further afield to meet at Blackheath on June 2.

From there, thousands of riders, led by wounded servicemen, women and veterans, will cycle into central London to show their support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of their service.

Sgt Harmer said: ‘Everyone should sign up to the Hero Ride to show their support to Help for Heroes and all the people that they help, many of whom will be on the ride to have some fun and to say thank you to everyone who does their bit for us.

‘Events like this need as much support from the public as possible as many of the wounded will need help and support for a long time if not all their life.’

For more information visit helpforheroes.org.uk.