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Bike ride goes poppy-shaped for army medics

Charity ride raises funds for Royal British Legion

Army medics in Birmingham have raised money for the Royal British Legion ahead of next weekend’s Remembrance Sunday with a charity bike ride around the city, their route marking out the shape of a poppy.

The West Midlands city is home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), based at Selly Oak Hospital, which is the main receiving hospital for forces casualties evacuated by air, including from war zones such as Afghanistan.

To mark that role, the ten-strong team, led by the RCDM’s Commandant, Brigadier Christopher Parker, started their six-hour ride at Birmingham International Airport, the entry point to the UK for those troops returning home.

Brigadier Parker told the Birmingham Mail: “The Royal British Legion does a tremendous job for service personnel past and present, and this fundraising cycle ride struck us as being a novel way of supporting the organisation at a time of year when we remember those who have given so much for the nation.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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