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Cycling for SSAFA

Posted by: JHM Date: 03 Feb 2018

Past Warden Harry Weber Brown will be cycling 300 km over two days in May to raise money for SSAFA. Here’s why.

Possibly in a moment of foolhardiness, madness or maybe intoxication from the Loving Cup, I decided I would enter the London Revolution event to support the Master’s charity of the year, SSAFA’s mentoring scheme.

The mentoring scheme provides invaluable support to service personnel who leave the armed forces and return to civilian life. It is not always an easy transition and SSAFA aims to provide this service to everyone who comes to them for help. To achieve this, they need to train at least a further 60 volunteers over 2018. The cost of training a SSAFA volunteer mentor is £500. These mentors are volunteers who provide guidance, discuss options with those in need and commit to contact at least once a month over a 12-month period. (To learn more about the process, see page 6 of the winter edition of The Cordwainer.)

Back to the event: it is on the 12th and 13th of May and starts in the Leigh Valley then heads through the City and out to the Surrey Hills for a few killer climbs and follows a clockwise route around the periphery of the capital to a camp site at Windsor.  On the Sunday, we cycle through the Chiltern Hills, riding clockwise through the ancient Epping Forest and back to the Leigh Valley.

If there are any other Cordwainers crazy enough to want to do join in, there are places available. I have heard whispers of one Cordwainer who may try to do the 300 km in one day. Even if I had the finest saddle or even cycling shoes designed by one of our talented Cordwainer students, I think I will stick to the two-day event.

For those with far more sense than me, please do support me and make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harry-weber-brown1.

Every pound counts towards this great cause.