Ex-Royal Marine Nigel Thomas rode through Northumberland on his 1940s single gear Butcher’s Bike on Tuesday. Queen’s piper Jim Motherwell piped him over the border. He aims to raise £1m for charities that support soldiers.
The Special Forces veteran and former butcher is tackling the 1,027 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats as part of his campaign to raise £ 1 million for the charities that support our soldiers – Team Army, Hire a Hero and Walk on Wales and the good works of the Ray Gravell Trust – causes very dear to his heart.
And in true military style, Thomas is carrying his tent and provisions in the front of the former Co-operative Society bike and will camp overnight in fields and lay-bys.
Nigel said: “We all rely upon our soldiers to be there when we need them so I’m doing this for all the boys and girls in the Forces who need our help now – a chance to play the sports that are so vital to their physical and mental wellbeing, to find a job after leaving the military or perhaps help recovering from injury or illness.”
TV presenter Bear Grylls, a close friend of Nigel’s said: “This is going to be a tough challenge but that’s Nigel through and through - determined to help those who most need it and to do it the hard way…and with a smile to the world!”
Ultimately the goal is to raise as much money as possible for the four charities and people can do that by donating via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ButchersBikeChallenge or text TBBC14 (The Butcher Bike Challenge 2014) with the amount you would like to donate (e.g. TBBC14 £5) to 70070.