|LEE PATMORE wins HELP FOR HEROES AWARD|
LEE PATMORE wins HELP FOR HEROES AWARD for OUTSTANDING INITIATIVE AND SUPPORT
This month Brentwood Centre's disability fitness instructor Lee Patmore became an Official Ambassador for Help for Heroes and also won an award for "outstanding initiative and achievement" due to the 1,400 mile bike ride he took through Britain to raise thousands of pounds for wounded comrades.
Former Royal Engineer Steve Craddock, Naval veteran Lee Patmore, and retired Royal Marine Brian Kilgannon cycled from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall in a bid to raise cash for Help for Heroes.
Instead of taking the usual 960-mile route through the western spine of Great Britain, Steve, Brian and Lee set themselves the added challenge of visiting SEVEN military bases along the way.
Lee, from Essex, a former Able Seaman, now mainly confined to a wheelchair, took on this mammoth journey on a custom-made cycle powered by his arms.
Lee said: “Brentwood Centre were the first to offer their support at the very start of the planning stage. It was an amazing feeling to have my employer backing us in such a big way.”
“The ride was about team work. Steve is a good friend and a fellow veteran. We both have our illnesses adding barriers to life, but for me, as a team we completed some amazing journeys and challenges.