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Surrey soldier prepare for 100 mile charity ride

An ex-soldier is getting ready to take on a mammoth bike ride to raise money for veterans with sight loss.

Ex-soldier prepares for 100-mile ride to help veterans

An ex-soldier from Surrey is getting ready to undertake a 100-mile bike ride to help veterans with sight loss.

41-year-old Brett Parker, from Gloucestershire, will take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

He served in the army for more than nine years and was inspired to support Blind Veterans UK after they helped one of his friends' dads - who was shot and blinded in both eyes in Kenya in 1953.

I have to say I am very nervous about taking part in RideLondon. Having said that, last year I completed a 55-mile Thames Bridges Ride on a borrowed mountain bike having done no training, which I'm hoping is an indication that I might be able to cope with RideLondon. Training is going okay, I'm just trying to build up my stamina, and fundraising is going very well - I'm always amazed by people's generosity. I'm not the best at asking for money but this was such a good cause that I felt it was worth the effort."

– Brett Parker

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