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Just to let you all know I'm embarking on a nine month drive to raise funds for Help for Heroes. This consists of one sporting event per month strting this Sunday with a 200 mile ride on a spinfit bike in the local sports centre and culminating on a four peaks challenge by foot and pushbike in September (the four peaks are the highest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

The inspiration behind this is the spirit shown by a former employee, Alastair Spearing, who left us to join the army in 2008. He was on a tour of duty in Afghanistan last year when he was hit by an IED on 6th October, losing both legs. Despite this he has retained his sense of humour and shows a remarkably positive attitude to his situation. His attitude is reflected in his complaint that "the first two weeks were hard" and his constant streams of videos, photos and jokes on facebook. How could we not support him and the help he has been given by Help for Heroes since he was injured.

You can follow our exploits on facebook and twitter and, even better, you can make a donation on our Bmycharity page.

Any help you can give would be gratefully received and would add to our total, which currently stands at close to £1,000 despite not having turned a pedal or made a step. Go on, the Heroes deserve your support.
 

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Yep, I've made one donation already, but I will make more as you go - just to keep you going (I know what wimps you men are!) :thumbs:
 

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Oh, I'll keep going. Programme of events is as follows:

Tomorrow: 200 miles on a spinfit bike
February: Whitehaven to Sunderland Coast to Coast bike ride in two days
March: Spring Into Duathlon, Strathclyde Park
April: Scottish Bike Show Sportive Ride, Trossachs
May: Fort William TO Inverness Coast to Coast bike ride, in one day
June: Men's Health 10k road race, Glasgow
July: Glen Sheil Ridge walk, 7 munros in a single day
August: Speed of Light Run. A run up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in the evening wearing a light suit!
September: Four Peaks Challenge. The UK's four highest peaks by bike and foot

Our target is £5,000 but we're already well on the way to our first £1,000, so I might increase the target.

In the meantime thanks to Julie and Graham and all others who have contributed.
 

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I was thinking of doing the Speed of Light run. Me and Arthur's Seat are old friends now :lol:

If you are short of an event for October consider the Jedburgh Running Festival 10k, it's a great one :thumbs:
 
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I'll do all I can to help promote/bump this along mate. It's a great cause, and I'm sure whatever targets you've set for yourself re fundraising will be hit and then some.
 

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Your going to have a busy year Fraser, all the best with it all.

I'll be doing/attempting the Scottish Tough Mudder UK event in July also for H4H. :)
 

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I didn't appreciate that it was a colleague that had inspired this Fraser. Brave man indeed.
 

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I didn't appreciate that it was a colleague that had inspired this Fraser. Brave man indeed.
Alastair left us to go to Sandhurst in 2008 and this was his first active tour after significant training. He was in the anti-IED squad but wasn't on anti-IED duty the day he was injured. He was on patrol with his platoon when it was hit by an IED, injuring three of the troops at the front. As Alastair went forward to administer first aid he triggered a second IED, which blew him 10 metres into a ditch. His life was saved by another soldier who risked his own life by immediately jumping into the ditch to apply tourniquets to Alastair's legs. He lost his left leg just above the knee and his right leg almost to the hip. Help for Heroes has played a big part in his recovery and actually run the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court, at which Alastair is expected to spend around a year having moved there in January.

Alastair's spirit is exemplified by his comment when I first contacted me; he said "The first two weeks were hard.." It was that comment that inspired me and my co-director, Willie Hume, to set up the programme of events. Alastair continues to poke fun at things; his facebook page is a riot, with jokes about jobs in pantomime, having no boots to throw at people sharing his room who are snoring, and asking if he can get a job as Long John Silver.

Alastair and his injured colleagues, about whom we hear very little, deserve our support, and H4H is just one of the ways of providing it.
 
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