Former Kent soldier raises half a million pounds for wounded veterans

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Kit Bradshaw

A former soldier from Kent has raised half a million pounds for charity after 12 years of sponsored cycle rides.

Steve Craddock started his fundraising journey after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his tours of duty with the Royal Engineers in Northern Ireland.

He had hoped to hit his £500,000 target last year, but the pandemic meant countless cancelled events. 

The sponsored challenges have raised money for Help for Heroes while also playing an essential role in Steve's recovery from PTSD.

Steve has spent 12 years doing sponsored bike rides for charity

Melanie Waters, Chief Executive at Help for Heroes, said: "We just absolutely admire the fact that he uses cycling to deal with his own challenges but to raise money for our own wounded veterans and their families. We're absolutely delighted he's achieved his half-a-million target."

Steve says, he will continue his fundraising as long as there is still people who need help.