Charity champ back on bike for Afghan Heroes
By hardingsimon | Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 10:24
Charity champ Tony Hawl is in training for his next cycling challenge just weeks after returning from a sponsored bike ride to Land's End on behalf of Afghan Heroes.
Charity champ Tony Hawl pictured at the end of his ride to Land's End with support driver Darren Olford.
Tony (57) from Stockwood is planning to take part in the Bristol Big Bike Ride on Sunday June 17 to raise more money for the Shepton Mallet-based military charity.
Tony has already collected more than £1,200 following a gruelling cycle ride to Land's End through the worst Bank Holiday weather we have seen in years.
Now Tony is planning to raise more money closer to home. In addition to taking part in the Big Bike Ride he is in negotiations with three local venues regarding setting up special jive nights for Bristol dance enthusiasts.
He was inspired to raise money for the charity having met Afghan Heroes founder Denise Harris at the 2011 balloon fiesta in Bristol.
He said: "The Land's End tour was just the start of the journey and I am determined to look at other ways of generating funds for this fantastic cause."
Launched in September 2009 Afghan Heroes was set up by a group of mothers who had all lost sons in Afghanistan and who felt a specialist charity was needed to support families and service personnel.
To date the charity has set up a network of support groups across the country, sent 24,000 boxes of home comforts for troops on the front line and established the first holiday home where returning troops can enjoy some time with their family.
It continues to provide support for families of the fallen and are putting in place plans to provide additional support for returning troops.
Afghan Heroes' ultimate goal is to open a Post Services facility so when our wounded are medically discharged they have a base to rebuild their lives, we will retrain them in to new careers and help them adjust back in to the community.
Bristol Big Bike Ride offers a choice of four routes ranging from 9 to 38 miles and includes traffic-free routes under BristolClifton Suspension Bridge.
To support Tony with sponsorship please call 07510 682 706 or donate via the Afghan Heroes website at http://www.afghanheroes.org.uk