A Worksop man will ride out in the spirit of a Roman emperor next week as he cycles the length of Hadrian’s Wall for a military veterans’ charity.
Help for Heroes’ regional manager Tony Eaton, aged 63, is joining the 100-mile Emperor’s Bike Ride on April 29-30.
The fundraiser is taking to the road for one of his last efforts as his disability demands more care.
Tony, who was hit by a lorry in 1979 and has endured operations on his legs, knees, arms, throat, spine and feet, said: “After 37 operations and more to come, I am not sure how many runs and cycle rides I will be able to do after this year, so I’m getting them in now. Hopefully I can go out on a high and raise plenty of money for heroes.”
The ride is the first of three events Tony has lined up this year, and was organised by Jim Holborn, a 35-year-old veteran from Sunderland and member of Help for Heroes’ Band of Brothers network.
Jim wanted to give something in return for the support he received on his own road to recovery, first from a parachuting accident, then from mental scars incurred on a tour of duty in Iraq.
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