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Cycle in memory of Jo to return to town

SADDLE UP FOR JO: Members of the Birds Wot Bike group outside The George in Hadleigh.

SADDLE UP FOR JO: Members of the Birds Wot Bike group outside The George in Hadleigh.

The father of a soldier killed in a grenade attack will set cyclists off on a ride around Hadleigh to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Tony Woodgate, father of Lance Corporal of Horse Jo Woodgate, from Lavenham, who died in Afghanistan on March 26, 2010, will get a 50km ride from The George pub in High Street under way next month.

The event is taking place for the second year and is being run by members of the town’s Birds Wot Bike group.

“Last year, we had 96 people taking part and raised more than £2,600,” said group founder Helen Allan, from Pond Hall Road.

“We never expected such a good response, but this year we want to have more people and raise twice as much.”

The route will take in villages including Aldham and Chelsworth – where Mr Woodgate is buried – and even features a 70km option.

Mrs Allan said Mr Woodgate was keen for his son’s memory to live on.

“Tony was worried he would be forgotten and we did not want that,” she said.

The cycle starts from The George on April 6 at 10am. To take part, email hadleighheroesride@outlook.com. Entry is £10.

 

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