Soldiering on in charity cycle ride


Team Mechline from the Milton Keynes-based foodservice solutions company, will be participating in a gruelling three-part cycle marathon, up hill and down dale, in aid of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.

The ABF Bedfordshire Ride 2014, Sunday, 7 September, takes in three distances of 64 miles, 35 miles and 26 miles on a fully marshalled route through the beautiful Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire countryside. It will be a fun event for all the family and appeal to cycling enthusiasts & clubs, too, starting and finishing at the Five Bells pub in Stanbridge, Bedfordshire where registered riders can avail themselves of a free hog roast.

Jacqui Sage-Passant, wife of Mechline managing director Peter Sage-Passant, is organising the event for the second year, which once again is sponsored by Mechline.

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“Last year the event raised £5,000 for the charity and attracted over 200 riders. This year we are hoping to attract 500,” says Jackie Sage-Passant.

"I am the Volunteer Community fund Raiser for Beds and Herts for the Soldiers’ Charity and I got involved with the charity when our son joined the army and went on a tour of Afghanistan. I wanted to help raise awareness of the Army’s official charity. Its been around since 1944 and if you have ever served in the armed forces you can come to the charity for help. Even once you have left . So we have helped veterans and their families from every conflict since World War I.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible for this marvellous charity. ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity is for soldiers, for life. It provides financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need.

"Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still part of the Army family and eligible for help.”

Visit to see a short promotional video of last year’s ride and find out how you can help the charity.


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