Soldier’s bike-trek for Iraq victims

FUNDRAISING HERO -- bike-ride marathon soldier Stephen Robinson, pictured with his wife, Dorne.
FUNDRAISING HERO -- bike-ride marathon soldier Stephen Robinson, pictured with his wife, Dorne.

A SOLDIER from Hucknall who has survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has completed a 500-mile fundraising bike-ride in aid of injured servicemen and women.

Staff Sgt Stephen Robinson, of Long Hill Rise, joined forces with 14 Army buddies to cycle from the Headley Court military rehabilitation centre at Epsom, Surrey to its equivalent at the Normandy Barracks in Paderborn, Germany.

Stephen (38) is a member of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards. He and the team completed the distance in four-and-a-half days.

They have raised a total of £10,500 so far with money still coming in. Their original target was £10,000.

The cash will go to the military charities, Help For Heroes and the Royal British Legion.

Both organisations are involved in a joint project to create recovery centres for servicemen and women injured in the line of duty.

Stephen is currently stationed in Paderborn. On a web page set up for the fundraising effort, he and the team say: “The money raised is going towards a fantastic cause because the injuries sustained will be with the victims long after the action in Afghanistan is finished.

“We really appreciate all your support and thank you for your donations.”

Stephen, who is married to Dorne, has a 16-year-old stepson, Josh.

He was a butcher before joining the Army at the age of 19.

During a spell in Iraq, two of his colleagues were killed when the unit was hit by a bomb blast in Basra.

He was featured in the Dispatch in 2007 when he completed a sponsored bike-ride from London to Paris in aid of the National Autistic Society.

Speaking about the latest charity ride, Stephen’s mum, Margaret Robinson, of Long Hill Rise, Hucknall, was full of praise for her son and the fundraisers, who were nicknamed ‘The Brigade Bunch’.

“They have done brilliantly and they are delighted to have broken their fundraising target,” she said.

A thankyou was given to F.J.Bamkin and Son, of King Edward Street, Hucknall, which donated cycling socks for the team.

Donations can still be made through the web page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HC2PRU.