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200-mile challenge to raise funds for SSAFA 

1 June 2015

Our Openreach employees have got on their bikes to raise funds for the military charity SSAFA.

Victory Ride was launched to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe. It will be an annual event.

Our team of riders raised £14,500 from sponsorships and donations and the event looks set to raise £20,000.

The route began and ended in Portsmouth, alongside HMS Victory.

Openreach riders

Stephen Barnes was one of our riders. He joined the army as a teenager and served for four years before injuring his knee. Stephen says: “When the ask for donations came around, I asked if there was a place on the ride. Unfortunately there was. Next time round I’ll donate instead.

“It was like sitting on a razor blade for seven hours on day one and five hours on day two. I’m still recovering.

“But once a solider, always a soldier. It’s like being part of a family. So I’ll do anything I can to support the Armed Forces.”

Fellow rider Brian Richards – who served in the TA for 12 years – agrees. He adds: “Given the footwear and bike I arrived with, it felt like I’d turned up to the Lord Mayor’s dinner dance in a bikini.”

Future fundraising events are planned - including digging out ditches and brainstorming in boardrooms.

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