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Veterans Cycle 2,000 Miles In Charity Fundraiser

Two veterans have cycled more than 2000 miles to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Reporter Amy Matthews met the pair in Colchester.

Two veterans have cycled more than 2000 miles to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Sam Jack along with EOD Royal Engineer Wes Craven cycled the distance from Canada to Mexico in aid of Help For Heroes, the charity which supported Mr Jack through his recovery following a serious injury sustained in Afghanistan back in 2009. 

Mr Jack said after waking up from the injury, he couldn't feel the right hand side of his body and couldn't speak. Doctors told him it was "as good as it was going to get," he explained. 

However, he eventually started to regain strength and was able to start moving and speaking again before going through two years of rehabilitation. 

The pair completed the journey on second-hand bikes.
The pair completed the journey on second-hand bikes (Picture: Forces News/Sam Jack/Wes Craven).

The former Royal Engineer said: "It has been quite emotional for me as Help For Heroes has always been there, so I just wanted to give something back and I thought this (cycling 2000 miles) was a good way to go about it."

Also speaking to Forces News, Mr Craven said the journey helped make a "difference" to Mr Jack's life. 

"I've definitely seen the changes in Sam - his confidence definitely came up (on the journey).

"I definitely think it gives him another sense of meaning again, which is what it is all about really - getting back on your feet and proving to people you can still do amazing things regardless of what injuries you have."

Wes Craven cycling the 2000 miles (Picture: Forces News/Sam Jack/Wes Craven).
Wes Craven cycling the 2000 miles (Picture: Forces News/Sam Jack/Wes Craven).

The pair did the journey in an unusual and cost-effective way, cycling unsupported on two second-hand road bikes whilst relying on the generosity of people along the way.

Mr Jack said: "We were given so many nights staying in people's houses, being invited to kids birthday parties, milking cows and all sorts. Its been fantastic."

So far, their efforts have raised more than £5,000 but they are already planning their next fundraising adventure to prove despite injuries and disabilities, anything can be achieved.