Friends and family members of Corby solider Lance Corporal James Ashworth will set off on a sponsored bike ride from Edinburgh to London on Monday to raise money in his memory.
A total of 13 cyclists, including his father Duane, brothers Coran and Carl and old friends Jermaine Jones, David Miller and Liam Black – all from Corby, will start the 400-mile cycle on April 22 from Edinburgh Castle.
They are expected to reach the finishing line at Wellington Barracks on Saturday, April 27.
They’re raising funds in his memory for Help for Heroes and Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-servicemen’s Association.
Jermaine, David and Liam, who played football with L/Cpl Ashworth, said they wanted to pay tribute to their friend, who they described as ‘a truly dedicated soldier’.
Hugh McBurnie, 54, a friend of the Ashworth family who is also taking part, said: “We are starting at Edinburgh, and in total there will be 13 cyclists, including James’ dad and two brothers. We hope to raise as much money as we can for Help for Heroes and for Blesma.”
L/Cpl Ashworth, 23, was killed as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand in June 2012. His conduct in putting himself in the line of fire to protect his colleagues has been rewarded with the Victoria Cross.
Ged Garner, 38, who is also taking part, said: “We’re trying to raise awareness of the two charities, and hopefully get a lot of sponsorship money to help other families.”
To sponsor the team visit www.bmycharity.com/theashworthcycle or www.justgiving.com/ashworthcycle.