As many of you know, I was a soldier, serving for 27 years and enjoying everything an Army career offered. I was lucky to serve alongside some amazing servicemen and women and come out unscathed. Many aren't so lucky. Most people are aware of the physical and psychological damage many servicemen and women leave with and the support the public has shown in recognition of the sacrifices made has been immense and so appreciated. The Royal British Legion does an incredible job in support of the Armed Forces community which goes way beyond the Poppy appeal. I feel blessed to be able to take on such an event as I get older and I know everyone who supports me and the Farmers Boys team (derived from The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment which I joined in 1982 and is now a founding Regiment of the Rifles - the largest Infantry Regiment in the Army) can be proud to be backing a truly worthy cause. Please dig deep! We will be setting off from London on 31 August, covering a total of 460km/284miles over 4 days. This is the only cycling event apart from the Tour de France that the Arc de Triomphe closes for and by sponsoring me and the Farmers Boys team - you can feel a part of it and know you are making a real difference! Thank you
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