One of our dedicated supporters Paul Vicary is currently cycling from London to Amsterdam in aid of Hire a Hero.
Find out more about the man behind the challenge:
Paul has nearly 30 years military experience, having joined the British Army at the age of 16 into the Light Infantry (Rifles). During his time in the military, he has been to all of the ‘nice’ places; worked in highly pressurised and hostile environments. He now looks towards other challenging environments; pushing the boundaries, as well as raising money for charities and assisting the local community.
He walked, as part of a 3 man team, under the leadership of the Late Henry Worsley, unsupported to the South Pole in 2011/12. This was in the footsteps of Captain Scott, celebrating his centenary, covering over 920 miles, taking 76 days, and remarkably, arriving the same day at the Pole as Captain Scott and his team did. They managed to raise over £200,000 for injured servicemen.
Since this time, for charity, he has cycled Land’s End to John O Groats, London to Paris in 24hrs, and recently taken a charity group on a trek to Everest Base Camp.
He has currently embarked on probably one of the last and most difficult arenas in the world today, venturing with 2 other colleagues to the Geographic North Pole, totally unsupported. Paul and his team documented the effects on the Arctic Ocean, as well as raising money for Hire a Hero. The team was congratulated by Ranulph Fiennes on their accomplishment.
This year he will be cycling from London to Amsterdam for charity and will attempt to get a group of 30 ladies to Everest Base Camp on a charity trek; as well as juggling his busy work, life, with his wife and three young children.
Why you chose to fundraise for Hire a Hero?
Firstly, I have ties with your Founder and I come from a military background myself; I want to support Hire a Hero, raising awareness, plus raise any charity funds for this worthy charity .
What drives you to do these challenges?
Great question! Personally, as a goal – challenge, the health benefits and something to aim for in life- as well as raising money for charity, raising awareness towards great causes.
You can support Paul by visiting his fundraising page: Paul VirginMoney Giving Page.