WCI TEAM support HELP FOR HEROES 2015
I am pleased to report that the WCI team of 6 riders, including Karl Jarvis, Gemma Newbery and Paula Jarzabkowski , completed the Help for Heroes flagship bike ride on Sunday 21 June.
The riders in our custom "Team WCI" cycling jerseys!
Five of the “Team WCI” set off at 7am from Royal Horseguards Parade on a 34 mile ride – the “East 30” across London, to join over 1,000 other riders in Windsor. Many of these other riders had come from the four corners of the UK covering a collective 18,000 miles. Indeed the 6th member of Team WCI was our own Paula who had taken on the impressive challenge of riding 350 miles from Paris to Windsor as part of the “Big Battlefield Bike Ride”.
The ride culminated in a poignant memorial ceremony at the RAF Runnymede Memorial, where we paused to pay our respects to those killed or injured in combat, before joining together in an iconic “100” formation (see below). The sun burst through as the ‘Peddling Padre’ began his sermon!
Throughout the whole day we also had the opportunity to meet some of the 100-strong “Band of Brothers” - the wounded military personnel – and to hear their stories, which was a truly humbling experience.
We then rode together through Old Windsor town to cross the finish line at Windsor Racecourse, where General Lord Richard Dannatt addressed the crowds to rapturous applause. The whole day was a fantastic and unique experience and we were honoured to be part of it and represent the Livery movement - and the Worshipful Company of Insurers in particular.
Most importantly, Team WCI and Paula raised over £800 and £3,244 respectively for Help for Heroes. The Hero Ride is just one example of what a wonderful cause Help for Heroes is - and one which I am sure the WCI is proud to support. It’s not too late to show your support for Team WCI and Help for Heroes, as the sponsorship page for the East30 team and for Paula are still open:
While we are very proud of our achievements over the past two consecutive years, we hope to support H4H further in 2016 by putting out a larger team and to encourage participation by other City Liveries.
If you are interested in finding out more about Help for Heroes and HERO RIDE then please visit their website here: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Alternatively, if you would like further details of our proposals for next year’s Livery Company ride, please email email@example.com.