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Three men completing bike ride from Scotland to Lands End for Help for Heroes stop in Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 15:17 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 18 May 2017

The team with Gravesham mayor

The team with Gravesham mayor

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Veterans Steve Craddock, Lee Patmore, and Brian Kilgannon hope to show you can still do what you want with PTSD

The team stop off in Gravsesend The team stop off in Gravsesend

Three men completing a 1,300 mile charity bike ride from Scotland to Cornwall stopped off in Gravesend today, May 18.

Steve Craddock, Lee Patmore, and Brian Kilgannon set themselves the challenge, Cycle2Recovery, with hopes of demonstrating that injuries, disabilities and chronic illnesses shouldn’t stop you gaining sporting achievements, and raising money for veteran charity Help for Heroes.

They are currently making their way from John O’Groats to Lands End, while stopping off at Edinburgh; Catterick, North Yorkshire; Colchester, Essex; Brentwood, Essex; Gravesend; Brompton Barracks, Chatham; Tidworth,Hampshire; and Plymouth, Devon.

Mr Craddock said: “We want to demonstrate that despite being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you can still go out there and do amazing things.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

- Widespread pain: This may be felt throughout your body, but could be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck. The pain is likely to be continuous, although it may be better or more severe at different times. The pain could feel like an ache, a burning sensation, or a sharp, stabbing pain.

- Extreme sensitivity: Fibromyalgia can make you extremely sensitive to pain all over your body, and you may find that even the slightest touch is painful.

- Stiffness

- Fatigue

- Poor sleep quality

- Cognitive problems: Trouble remembering and learning new things, problems with attention and concentration, and slowed or confused speech

- Headaches

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome

“In all we will be cycling approximately 1,300 miles and climbing 63,000 feet which is the equivalent of more than twice the height of Mount Everest.

“For myself, and Brian this will be a tough ask, however our efforts will be as nothing compared to Lee.

“Lee’s condition, Fibromyalgia, means that he will be in constant pain throughout the challenge. Combine that pain and discomfort with the tremendous effort of powering his handbike twice up Everest, I hope you can begin to appreciate the sheer effort, guts and determination that will be needed for Lee to complete this challenge.

“However, Lee has us with him and we will do whatever is needed to get him to complete this truly amazing challenge.”

Symptpoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

- Re-experiencing: This is when a person involuntarily and vividly re-lives the traumatic event in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images or sensations, and physical sensations – such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling

- Avoidance or emotional numbing

- Hyperarousal (feeling on edge): Hyperarousal often leads to irritability, angry outbursts. sleeping problems (insomnia), and difficulty concentrating

The men are hoping to complete the challenge within 25 days, and are pushing to cover between 60 or 70 miles per day.

Patron of the charity bid, Jodie Kidd, said: “Help for Heroes’ motto is to inspire. Stephen is inspirational in the fundraising work he does, as well as showing those with long-term mental issues can achieve incredible things. As an ambassador for Help for Heroes, I’ve seen the remarkable work the charity does in enabling and supporting veterans to reclaim their lives.”

To find out more and donate visit www.ourcycle2recovery.co.uk/

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