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Cross country challenge for heroes' fund

PUBLISHED: 14:25 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

A PARAMEDIC will help the wounded in a different way, by collecting for charity Help for Heroes. Former Territorial Army member Stephen Berry will ride for 350 miles across France to raise as much money as possible for those wounded in Iraq and Afghanist

A PARAMEDIC will help the wounded in a different way, by collecting for charity Help for Heroes.

Former Territorial Army member Stephen Berry will ride for 350 miles across France to raise as much money as possible for those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Berry, 42, served five years as a reservist with the TA parachute regiment 20 years ago before joining the London Ambulance Service.

He said: "You see these brave heroes in the media every day and I guess I just thought, there are so many people doing so much to help, I want to do something too. "Help for Heroes is doing amazing work building rehab centres for our heroes."

Mr Berry, who lives in Deneholm Road, Northfleet, will join the Big Battlefield Bike Ride in May, riding with a number of wounded ex-servicemen.

In September Mr Berry raised £1,000 for the charity by running the Para's 10 endurance race, an event designed for trainee parachute soldiers, in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

He said: "It is part of the endurance test when you join the regiment. I did it many years ago so decided to give it another try 20 years on."

For the bike ride, Mr Perry is aiming to more than double that total, setting a target of £2,200.

Through sponsorship from friends and a number of businesses in Hartley and Longfield he has already collected £500 from his first weekend's efforts, but is now looking for support from Gravesend and Northfleet.

"I am really looking at donations from local firms and businesses. I have previously had help from Kent Fire and Rescue in Northfleet The South East Coast Ambulance Service Thameside, Cascades Leisure Centre, our local parachute regiment branch and others."

l To sponsor Mr Berry visit www.justgiving.com/stephen-berryBBBR

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