Soldiers’ father set to tackle Yorkshire Dales to help troops

Stephen McNamara and his wife Jeanette
Stephen McNamara and his wife Jeanette

The father of two serving soldiers is set to honour his sons by undertaking a gruelling charity bike ride across the Yorkshire Dales.

Scarborough man Stephen McNamara is taking part in this year’s ‘Help For Heroes Ride to Recovery’ on July 29, for which he will be cycling 76 miles in just one day on a fold-up bike.

Mr McNamara, who is the regional co-ordinator for the wounded troops charity, 
admits he is expecting a bumpy ride when he tackles the marathon trek.

He said: “It’s unlikely to be very comfortable, but it adds a bit of an extra challenge.”

Mr McNamara currently has two sons serving in the army, and both of them have seen 
active duty in both Iraq and 
Afghanistan.

A huge supporter of the charity, in his role as regional co-ordinator, it is his duty to help out at local school events, hand out cheques and be a public face of the charity, which has aided thousands of wounded troops since its inception in 2007.

He added: “It’s such a relevant charity for us and I want to do as much as I can.

“I also hope many more people will get involved.”

And as for the fold-up bike that he will be using for the challenging ride, it’s not the first time it’s been used in a Help for Heroes event. In 2011, the bike was taken around prominent World War One and World War Two battle sites for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride.

CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE, said: “The Ride to Recovery will give local people the opportunity to take part in a fantastic day out in support of a local cause.

“We may not be able to prevent our Service men and women from being hurt but we can certainly do our bit to help them get better.”

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