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Message from Amanda from last years ride.......
Well that was a very hot one and now I’ve had time to recover I can do my personal Thank You's:
I know there's a few people asking about numbers and money raised from the Ride of Respect 2018. I will be able to confirm this once totals are in.
I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and attendance on the Ride of Respect as it's this that allows us to donate the amounts we do to assist serving members of our armed forces, veterans and their families in need. The more people who attend the more we raise so you should all be proud of yourselves.
This was my second time organising the Ride of Respect and I know I couldn't have done it without the support of the following people:
The USR's who often get overlooked and who planned the route, did the traffic management plans for me and assisted me by putting up the route signage, they also lead the Ride and made sure everyone was safe amongst other things. Colin Wrigglesworth please thank all your members as I am unable to tag them.
My better half Phillip Damant, my sidekick Kev Severn, Kris Wiles and Wiltshire SAR, Laurence Philmore who helped move the water from Chippenham to MOD Lyneham even though he was still recovering from an accident, Maureen Mogs Smart and her family, Chris, Ian, John, Colin, Dean and his friend who stood in to Marshall, Leslie, Colin, Rich, Mark and his lovely girl Amanda for standing in at last minute. ( I hope I didn’t forget anyone )
I would also like to thank Beversbrook Sports Facility Calne and Carterton Leisure Centre for allowing us to use their centre and facilities, the police and council's from Wiltshire through to Oxfordshire for all their advice.
Colin and Phill for helping on the Saturday putting signage out. The New Inn Coate for looking after everyone over the weekend with camping and food. Jody, Jason and Jody’s mum and partner for coming over and selling merchandise with VIA.
Steve from Wessex Water who at very last minute provided us with all the bottles of water and everyone that turned up to help load it.
Commandant Heal who kindly invited us, WO1 Taff Jones who I had the pleasure of working with on MOD Lyneham aspect of the ride. WO2 James Neal, SSgt Paul Jones, SSgt Steve Yates and Sgt Craig Hill who all volunteered to assist us on their day off and worked tirelessly making sure everything went smoothly. Major Dave Barbieri and Padre Major Keith Barry for the very moving service.
Thank You all from the bottom of our hearts.💕
Last but not least Julia and Ali for putting your faith in me.
I hope I didn't forget anyone 😬. Xxxx
I'm looking forward to making 2019 bigger and better.
Let the Thunder Roll 💕
Forgotten Veterans UK will be this years chosen charity to receive funds for The Basha Project, is a Veteran's residential Retreat located at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth & Southsea.
The retreat is intended as a place for Veterans to spend some time to reflect on any issues that they may have, spend time with other Veterans who may have similar issues and also get access to Mental Health Professionals and services that they may not otherwise have access to.
It is also a place where they can get advice on housing, benefits and healthcare, job searching and CV's amongst other things.
There is also the chance to learn new skills with work on the Fort. There will be a number of skills courses that will be run as part of a Veterans stay there. This could be learning new skills, or brushing up on old existing skills.
The retreat is not just for Veterans, we understand that families of Veterans are also massively impacted by service in the armed forces, whether you are serving still or have been out for a while, the Basha Retreat is there for you.
HISTORY OF THE RIDE
SOME PICTURES OF PREVIOUS RIDES....