WOUNDED veterans were joined by celebs for a cycle which took them through Newport yesterday as part of an annual bike ride raising money for Help For Heroes.
Martin Thorp, a regimental sergeant major who served for 24 years in the Parachute Regiment, including three tours in Afghanistan, was one of the riders who cycled through Newport on his way from Cardiff to London.
Mr Thorp, from Newport, was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder following his last tour in 2011/2012 and was medically discharged in May 2014.
He first contacted Help for Heroes four months ago on the advice of his wife, Sharon.
Mr Thorp said: “It is all quite new still, but very reassuring to know we have support from the team at Help for Heroes and that we are not alone.”
“My wife suggested I do the ride; well actually she told me I had to do it.”
He will be raising money for the charity while cycling with other wounded, injured or sick soldiers.
“It will be good for me, both mentally and physically, and what a fantastic opportunity to ride alongside and meet other members of the Band of Brothers,” he said.
The riders stopped for a water break at the Hilton International in Newport yesterday morning.
Also riding alongside Mr Thorp was Nick Pendry, who competed in X Factor 2013.
Leigh Halfpenny met the riders in Cardiff to wave them off and wish them good luck.
On Sunday riders from the ‘Dragon Dash’ will join together with 1000 other cyclists from around the country to ride into Central London together.
They aim to raise £1 million for Help for Heroes, supporting sick or injured service personnel, veterans and their families.