Navy officer motorcycling 400 miles for blind charity

CHALLENGE Lieutenant Commander Richard Woodbridge will ride hundreds of miles in two days.
CHALLENGE Lieutenant Commander Richard Woodbridge will ride hundreds of miles in two days.

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A Royal Navy officer from Portsmouth will be motorcycling 400 miles over two days to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Lieutenant Commander Richard “Woody” Woodbridge, 48, is set to tackle Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss on August 15 on his Harley Davidson Sportster for the second year in a row.

Because of that personal contact with veterans supported by the charity, I wanted to raise some money to help the charity continue its good work

Richard “Woody” Woodbridge

It will be the first time Richard has done two big rides in consecutive days since breaking his leg in four places.

Richard said: ‘It was a great event last year, with lots of new people to meet and the usual camaraderie between bikers.

‘The riding was enjoyable, taking me through places I hadn’t visited before, and the weather helped big time because it was sunny and warm throughout.

‘Although the ride is shorter this year (about 200 miles over the day), as I’m still recovering from a broken leg it will be a greater personal challenge.

‘Over two days I will have ridden over 400 miles, the most riding I’ll have done in a short period since walking and riding again.’

He will be riding from Portsmouth to Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.

After staying overnight locally, he will ride 140 miles to Brighton before returning to Portsmouth that evening.

Richard, who is a marine engineer based at Navy Command on Whale Island, decided to raise money for the charity after meeting veterans supported by the charity at the Blind Veterans UK annual summer camp held at HMS Sultan.

He is also a member of the Royal Navy Motorcycle Club in Portsmouth.

He added: ‘Whenever it’s been possible, I’ve taken some of the ex-bikers on pillion rides around the Hampshire countryside.

‘Because of that personal contact with veterans supported by the charity, I wanted to raise some money to help the charity continue its good work.

‘As a naval officer, I feel that raising money for Blind Veterans UK is a great way to look after our own, so to speak – 
it’s a charity that will be there for me and my colleagues if we ever lose our sight.’

To support Richard’s fundraising effort go to justgiving.com/Richard-
Woodbridge1.