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Triumph over Tragedy motorbike expedition for the troops

Pete Bray and Harry Glover prepare for their 15,000 journey
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Tuesday, 22, Jul 2014 03:40

by Hayley McCrystal

Two ex-servicemen are set to visit 26 European capital cities to raise money for charity

Pete Bray and Harry Glover, from 22 SAS and 4/73 Special OP Battery, are preparing to set out on a 15,000 mile motorbike trek across Europe - a journey that has not yet been attempted.

The charities being supported are BLESMA (formerly known as The British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association), Soldiers off the streets and the Alder Hay Children's charity; all three which are close to the duo's hearts. Many would say what the two have already accomplished is extraordinary, but this next mission and all the good it could do for these charities is truly remarkable.

Glover expressed his admiration for the charities they have chosen saying, "These charities makes a huge difference to the lives of servicemen and women who gave so much."

Bray mirrored Glover's sentiments: "BLESMA and Soldiers on the Streets are working tirelessly to support those who are often forgotten by the system. These charities are life-changing for ex-servicemen and women who have not been as fortunate as ourselves."

The trek will begin on 1 August 2014 from outside Buckingham Palace and will head to France before completing the rest of the mission around Europe. The full route can be seen on their website. Events are set to take place in each of the cities and bikers from each stop along the way are said to be joining the pair en route to help raise the profile of this trip even further.

Above all, this expedition aims to raise the profile of the amazing work these charities do as well as changing attitudes towards the country's servicemen. Bray highlighted that many British servicemen are "put-down" upon returning home. He compared the treatment of troops in America with that of Europe and plans to show the rest of Europe how our comrades across the pond are doing it; "Why can't we follow their example and look after our troops?" he continues.

The couple are currently looking for sponsors to help with the journey, which will cost up to £50,000 to complete. Details about how to sponsor this mission can be found on their website.

To find out more about Triumph over Tragedy or make a donation to this worthy cause click here.

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