October 1st, 2016

Army on the march to help Redditch charities

Updated: 1:11 pm, Jul 01, 2016

ARMY Reserve soldiers from 37th Signal Regiment, headquartered in Redditch, will be pedalling 369 miles and doing a host of charity and civil engagements later this month.

On their way across the north of England and the Midlands from July 18 to 26, they’ll also be supporting the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund.

The 37th Signal Regiment is a regional Army Reserve Regiment with squadrons in Redditch, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield and troop locations in Coventry, Stafford, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.

The event will visit all sub-unit locations during the nine-day challenge, which will include road and mountain bike routes along the way. The ride will culminate with the re-dedication of the Royal Corps of Signals Memorial located at the National Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire on July 26.

Redditch-based 54th Support Squadron has chosen to raise funds for homelessness charity, Redditch Night Stop.

Soldiers will conduct a fundraising cycle ride on watt bikes at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and at Asda Supermarket, and do a sleep-out to raise awareness of the challenges faced by rough sleepers across the country.

The events will take place between July 16-18 while the cyclothon will be launched by the Mayor of Redditch, Councillor Joe Baker, from the Town Hall on Tuesday, July 19.

Redditch Night Stop provides support to 16-25 year olds in Redditch at risk of homelessness. For more information, call 01527 66036.

For more information about 37th Signal Regiment, call Sgt RP Taylor on 01527 599324 or visit army.mod.uk/jobs.