Former Royal Marines on cycle trek for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:51 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

FORMER servicemen from Exmouth are embarking on a 1,000-mile whistle-stop bike ride to Spain to raise money for injured troops - and are looking for sponsors.

FORMER servicemen from Exmouth are embarking on a 1,000-mile whistle-stop bike ride to Spain to raise money for injured troops - and are looking for sponsors.

With figures for injured troops in Afghanistan reaching a high since 2000, former Royal Marines Karl Jinks, of Masey Road, Sam Wright and Paul Hewitt and former RAF servicemen Simone Young are setting off from Exmouth to Santander in Spain for Help The Heroes.

Help The Heroes is a charity which supports and aids the rehabilitation of injured servicemen either by contributing to care or providing them with home comforts that makes their recovery that little bit easier.

Setting off in March, they are looking for sponsors for the trek which Karl hopes will take about ten days:

"We will set off from Exmouth to Plymouth and catch a ferry to Roscoff, before cycling down to Santander.

"We are looking at cycling 100 miles a day. We have done charity fundraisers before, but we wanted to something a bit different.

"There have been so many casualties coming from Afghanistan at the moment and we just want to help and think it is the right thing to do."

If you want to help call Karl on: (07792) 3911085

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