At last, the Cycling the Line press release has now been issued. I sent it out to a handful of military/history magazines yesterday and it will go out to a wider audience later in the week..
Cycling the Line to Raise £10,000 for the Royal British Legion
2 Guys, 2 Cycles, 580 miles of WW1 trenches…and £10,000 for our soldiers.
Two military history enthusiasts are soon to embark on a 580 mile cycle trip in an attempt to raise £10,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The ride will follow the WW1 Western Front trench system from the Franco/Swiss border all the way up to the Belgian coast, a fitting route as Britain this year bade farewell to the last remaining veterans of the Great War; Bill Stone, Henry Allingham and Harry Patch.
Scott Addington of Basingstoke and Steve Habbishaw of Slough are lifelong mates with a keen interest in military history. The duo are to set off via EuroStar at the end of October and aim to complete the trip on Armistice Day, 11th November 2009.
The pair will be Twittering and blogging during their trip at www.worldwarone.wordpress.com in an effort to keep everyone updated on their progress.
Scott and Steve have been sponsored by Outstanding Branding, a specialist merchandise and clothing company who have produced Cycling the Line T-shirts that will be worn by the cyclists throughout the duration of their fundraising efforts, one of which has been sent to the patron of The Royal British Legion, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and has been duly acknowledged in a good luck message from Buckingham Palace.
Speaking about the charity fund raising event Scott Addington is urging the public to support this year’s Poppy Appeal following the generosity and success shown in recent years and in line with the poignancy of the 2009 event.
“This year’s Remembrance Day will take on special significance as we remember Harry Patch and the other WW1 veterans who faded away this year, but there are many thousands of soldiers from The Second World War, The Falklands campaign, not to mention Iraq and Afghanistan, that need the help of the Legion. This is our small way of saying thank you to those who have served and continue to serve with the British Armed Forces.”
Anyone wishing to get involved in the event by sponsoring Scott and Steve’s efforts can donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/cyclingtheline