Specsavers Margate is lending its support to an intensive fundraising venture which will see 12 soldiers cycle across America to raise money for military charity, Friends of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment (PWRR).

The 'Ride To Recovery'

The store will be raising money in store and donating £1 per eye examination between 24 and 30 August to support the team, called The Tigers, in a ‘Ride To Recovery’, which will see 12 men cycle 3,000 miles, climb in excess of 170,000ft and cross 12 American states in 14 days.

Amongst the men taking part is Corporal Johnson Beharry VC and Sergeant Jay Baldwin, who lost both his legs in a Taliban explosion. The Friends of the PWRR helped Jay regain his mobility and walk pain free, so he is committed to cycling alongside the Ride To Recovery team to show his support for the charity.

Showing support for The Tigers

Specsavers Margate store director, David Bryant says: ‘We want to hit a target of £200 with our fundraising.

‘I have a long association with the PWRR and it is our local Regiment, with recruitments from all over Kent, so this is a cause very close to my heart. I’d like to invite our Margate community in store to come and donate to this wonderful charity and show their support for The Tigers.’

A physical and mental test

Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Colin Lewis, who has been serving the British Army for 17 years and is taking part in the event, says: 'I'm looking forward to testing myself physically and mentally as I take on this challenge. It’s unlike anything I have ever done before. The fact that I get to complete it on behalf of the Regiment and help raise funds for our soldiers is fantastic.

‘I am hugely grateful to Specsavers for all of your kind support. It means so much to me and it is support like yours that will keep me going during my darkest times. Thank you.’

The Friends of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment 

The ‘Ride To Recovery’ Challenge aims to raise valuable funds for The Friends of PWRR charity, which was set up in 2014 to provide on-going support for soldiers and their families. This includes assistance in making life easier following disability or injury, as well supporting and advising soldiers and their families through difficult times.

The Challenge is taking place from 7 to 21 September. To keep up to date with Colin's progress, search #tigersr2r on Twitter or donate here.

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