96-year-old D Day veteran Len Gibbon re-creates his journey to the beaches of Normandy on a static bike
Three months ago, we began our search for the ITV Meridian Fundraiser of the Year, as part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, and while there can't be an awards ceremony this year, we couldn't let the year pass without celebrating those local heroes.
All this week, we'll tell you about our region's four finalists and on Friday, we'll be crowning one of them as the Meridian winner.
Seventy-six years on from D-Day, Len decided to re-create his journey to the beaches of Normandy to raise money for the home in Sussex where he now lives.
Report by ITV News Meridian's Malcolm Shaw:
It was codenamed Operation Overlord. Over 150,000 Allied troops landing on the coast of Normandy to defeat the Germans. Among the soldiers, 20-year-old Len Gibbon, who crossed the Channel from Portsmouth to Gold Beach.
Now aged 96, Len Gibbon decided to turn back the pages of history and recreate his journey to France.
This time, on a static bike and a total of 104 miles.
Staff at the home in Worthing where he now lives, monitored his progress throughout.
Emma Curtis- Lead Physiotherapist:
Care for Veterans has been looking after disabled ex-Service personnel since the First World War.
The charity has to fundraise continuously. Len Gibbon's sponsored bike ride brought in more than £10,000.
Len completed his challenge on June 6, the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
It was Christine Gillott who decided to nominate him for the Pride of Britain Awards.
Len Gibbon is modest about the part he played in securing the freedom we all enjoy, but his remarkable cycle ride underlines how far he's still prepared to go to help others.