Ready, steady and on your bikes in memory of brave soldier

STARTERS ORDERS: The cyclists set off.
STARTERS ORDERS: The cyclists set off.

Tony Woodgate, the father of Lavenham soldier Jo Woodgate, who was killed in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2010, waved off cyclists from The George pub in Hadleigh High Street at the start of a fundraising bike ride on Sunday.

The ride, which covered two courses of 50 kilometres and 70 kilometres, raised a total of £1,200 for charity Help for Heroes, with organisers expecting further fundraising contributions to be added over the coming days.

This is the second year the Hadleigh-based cycling group Birds Wot Bike had held the event. Founding bike group member Helen Allan, from Pond Hall Road, Hadleigh, said Mr Woodgate was keen to take part in the event in order to ensure his son’s memory lives on.

“Tony did not want his son to be forgotten, and this is a way his memory can live on,” she said.”