Andy Reid, community ambassador for Hilary Meredith Solicitors in Wilmslow, will this month cycle 400 miles and kayak 125 miles over 14 days in memory of six soldiers who were killed in an explosion of their Warrior armoured vehicle in Afghanistan in 2012.
The Warrior Challenge will be raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the National Charity of the British Army – and Style for Soldiers.
It started in Lytham St Annes on 16th June and will finish at Westminster Bridge in London at the end of the month. The route will take Andy and Warrant Officer Class 2 Glen Hughes past the graves of the six soldiers killed when the Warrior armoured vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an IED in Afghanistan.
The soldiers – Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley, and Privates Christopher Kershaw, Daniel Wilford, Anton Frampton, and Daniel Wade – served with The Yorkshire Regiment, the same Regiment as Andy, and The Duke of Lancaster Regiment.
After cycling for 400 miles the two will then take to the river to kayak a further 125 miles in to London. They will also be joined by Andy North, a cycling world record holder from Ultra6, who will be running a marathon alongside them every day.
In 2009, serving in the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, Andy had only 10 days left in the Middle East when he stood on an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries were such that he lost both legs, one above the knee and his right arm. While he admits there were times when he wished ‘the Taliban bomber had been better at his job and finished me off completely’, Andy has since gone on to forge a successful career as an author, businessman, key note speaker and fundraiser for military charities.
On the Challenge, Andy said: “Glen and I really wanted to pay a fitting tribute to the lads who lost their lives, so hopefully this challenge will do just that. We will visit each of their graves along the way before stopping off at the Headquarters of 3 Yorks in Warminster. It’s going to be tough but we’re really up for it.”
Said Hilary Meredith, Chair at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd:
“Andy is a truly inspirational man and we are delighted to be cheering him on with this challenge. We have a shared passion to support service personnel, veterans and their families.”