Group hopes annual cycle will mean Jo is not forgotten

DOING IT FOR JO: Members of Hadleigh's Birds What Bike group outside The George pub.
DOING IT FOR JO: Members of Hadleigh's Birds What Bike group outside The George pub.

The memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan is to be kept alive through a 50km cycle ride around Hadleigh this weekend.

Members of the town’s cycle group Birds What Bike will be saddling up for the ride at The George pub to raise money for Help For Heroes on Sunday.

The charity was chosen as Garry Watts, the godfather of Lance Corporal of Horse Jo Woodgate, is a regular customer at the pub. L-Cpl Woodgate, from Lavenham, was killed in a grenade attack three years ago. He was 27.

Helen Allan, who set up the cycle group with her sister Alison Campion in June, said around 20 people had signed up for the event so far.

“My sister’s partner is Jo’s godfather and we are all very motivated as we want to keep his memory alive,” said Helen, from Pond Hall Road.

“Jo’s father is thrilled to bits as he is worried he will be forgotten.”

The 51-year-old said the route around the town’s villages was being supported by Tori Harman, landlady at The George, and it was hoped more people would join in on the day.

“I had not cycled since I was a child but last year we dusted off our mountain bikes and now there is a group of us who are addicted to it,” said Helen.

For more information on the ride, which starts at 10am and costs £10 to enter, contact Helen on 07738 940054.