Logistics industry boss pedals to Paris for Royal British Legion

Posted on 30 Aug 2012

Roger Williams, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association, is cycling from London to Paris to raise money for The Royal British Legion in support of our Armed Forces.

Mr Williams will be one of 300 cyclists on the ‘Pedal to Paris’ bike ride, which begins in London on Thursday 30th August and ends at the Arc De Triomphe on Sunday 2nd September.

This is the Legion’s 17th annual Pedal to Paris event and is the only charity ride to be escorted into the French capital by police outriders. The ride culminates in a moving memorial service at the Arc de Triomphe which is shut especially for the Legion’s cyclists. The only other cycling event that receives this honour is the Tour De France.

Williams is hoping to raise several thousands of pounds towards the Legion’s vital welfare work.  Nearly 9.5 million serving and ex-Service people and their dependants are eligible for the Legion’s support which covers a range of services including grants to those in need, benefits and money advice, employment and retraining support, home adaptations and hospital visits as well as the provision of full nursing care.

Russell Thompson, director of national events and fundraising at the Legion said:  “We are very grateful to Roger for taking on the Pedal to Paris challenge. It really is an incredible experience and we wish him all the best for the ride,” he said.

“Apart from the training that goes into preparing for the event, the fundraising that he is undertaking on behalf of The Royal British Legion will make a real difference to the lives of those that we support.

“We spend £89 million each year on our vital welfare work and Roger’s efforts will help us considerably in continuing to provide the social, emotional and financial care to the Armed Forces family.

If you wish to sponsor Roger Williams please contact him by email at: [email protected]