Philip gets on his bike to help army veterans

Saddle up: Former soldier Philip Cox is ready for a 4,250-mile cycle around the UK coast to help a forces charity.
Saddle up: Former soldier Philip Cox is ready for a 4,250-mile cycle around the UK coast to help a forces charity.
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FORMER soldier Philip Cox plans to cycle more than 4,000 miles to raise cash to help war veterans suffering mental illness after conflicts.

The 56-year-old will cycle around 4,250 miles around the UK coast to raise money and awareness for Combat Stress, a charity that helps former servicemen and women battling with the post traumatic stress disorder.

Philip, of Harold Avenue, Woodlands, spent more than 22 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was diagnosed with PTSD in April 2010.

He served in a host of countries including Northern Ireland, Sudan and Yemen.

He said: “I have always wanted to see my own country and I thought what better way to do it and do a cycle ride and raise some money and awareness for Combat Stress.”

He estimates he will be spending up to six or seven hours on the saddle each day, but says he is prepared for this.

n Log on to www.justgiving.com/ukbikeathon2011 to sponsor Phillip.