Craig’s big pedal for heroes

Craig Smith of Cotton traders during his eight hour cycle event for charity.
Craig Smith of Cotton traders during his eight hour cycle event for charity.
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HE may have been left with tired legs – but a Doncaster shop manager has given a forces charity a major boost.

Craig Smith swapped the shop floor for an exercise bike to keep pedalling for eight hours to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

He set up the bike in front of the shop where he works, Cotton Traders at the Lakeside Village centre on White Rose Way.

At the end of his spin-a-thon, he had raised £1,099.31 for the forces charity which assists injured soldiers.

Craig’s ride on Monday was one of several events raising money for forces charities.

Other activities raised £308.60 for the appeal to Back Ben Parkinson.

Back Ben Parkinson is a campaign set up to fundraise for the Bessacarr soldier who suffered horrific injuries in Afghanistan and to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by other seriously injured soldiers like him.

Members of the campaign are cycling from Fort George, Inverness, in the north of Scotland to Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, in the south of England, to raise money.

They will set off on July 26 and aim to visit as many military bases as possible on the way.