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INJURED SOLDIER TO SUPPORT HELP FOR HEROES WITH EPIC TRIKE RIDE

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Corporal Andy Reid from St Helens suffered severe injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan last year and now wants to help raise money for other injured soldiers and their families, with support from motorcyclists in the North West.

Andy was injured in Helmand Province when he stepped on a pressure plate that set off an improvised explosive device; he lost his left leg above the knee, his right leg just below the knee joint and most of his right arm. Serving in the 3rd York’s, Old Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, Andy also served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kosovo, but this was his first Tour in Afghanistan.

He will attempt to ride the 900 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats this August Bank Holiday on a specially adapted Boom Trike, with only has his left arm to control the machine. The "NumBumRun" team, consisting of Andy, his brother and a group of friends, will aim to complete the journey in five days and raise £20,000 for Help For Heroes.

The challenge is being supported by the motorcycling road safety initiative, RideSafe BackSafe, as its Communications Manager for Merseyside, Emma Kelly explains:

"This route has been used frequently for charitable causes, but Andy’s mission will be particularly tough. We are asking motorcyclists in the North West to show their support for Andy on his final training day on the trike, on Sunday 25th July. We will gather at Millennium Motorcycles in St Helens at 9.00am and aim to leave by 10.30am for a ride out to RAF Cosford in Shropshire, via Lynne’s Raven Cafe near Whitchurch. RideSafe BackSafe already works with Easter Egg Runs and Christmas Toy Runs and I know how motorcyclists can rally round fellow enthusiasts to show their support for a worthwhile cause."

More details about the NumBumRun can be viewed at www.ridesafebacksafe.co.uk

Andy was injured in Helmand Province when he stepped on a pressure plate that set off an improvised explosive device; he lost his left leg above the knee, his right leg just below the knee joint and most of his right arm. Serving in the 3rd York’s, Old Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, Andy also served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kosovo, but this was his first Tour in Afghanistan.

He will attempt to ride the 900 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats this August Bank Holiday on a specially adapted Boom Trike, with only has his left arm to control the machine. The "NumBumRun" team, consisting of Andy, his brother and a group of friends, will aim to complete the journey in five days and raise £20,000 for Help For Heroes.

The challenge is being supported by the motorcycling road safety initiative, RideSafe BackSafe, as its Communications Manager for Merseyside, Emma Kelly explains:

"This route has been used frequently for charitable causes, but Andy’s mission will be particularly tough. We are asking motorcyclists in the North West to show their support for Andy on his final training day on the trike, on Sunday 25th July. We will gather at Millennium Motorcycles in St Helens at 9.00am and aim to leave by 10.30am for a ride out to RAF Cosford in Shropshire, via Lynne’s Raven Cafe near Whitchurch. RideSafe BackSafe already works with Easter Egg Runs and Christmas Toy Runs and I know how motorcyclists can rally round fellow enthusiasts to show their support for a worthwhile cause."

More details about the NumBumRun can be viewed at www.ridesafebacksafe.co.uk

"This route has been used frequently for charitable causes, but Andy’s mission will be particularly tough. We are asking motorcyclists in the North West to show their support for Andy on his final training day on the trike, on Sunday 25th July. We will gather at Millennium Motorcycles in St Helens at 9.00am and aim to leave by 10.30am for a ride out to RAF Cosford in Shropshire, via Lynne’s Raven Cafe near Whitchurch. RideSafe BackSafe already works with Easter Egg Runs and Christmas Toy Runs and I know how motorcyclists can rally round fellow enthusiasts to show their support for a worthwhile cause."

More details about the NumBumRun can be viewed at www.ridesafebacksafe.co.uk

Donations can be made online at www.numbumrun.co.uk

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