September 25th, 2016

Signals are good as Redditch soldiers saddle up for cycle challenge

Signals are good as Redditch soldiers saddle up for cycle challenge Signals are good as Redditch soldiers saddle up for cycle challenge
Pedal power: The Army gets in the saddle.

ARMY Reserve soldiers from 37th Signal Regiment, headquartered in Redditch, are to do a 369 mile cyclathon, including a host of charity and civil engagements, from July 18 to 26.

On their way across the north of England and the Midlands they’ll also be supporting the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund.

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.

Each Squadron will be conducting fund-raising activity for local charities as well as participating on a cyclothon between the regions.

The event will visit all sub-unit locations during the nine day challenge, covering 369 miles and 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 on July 26.

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

Soldiers will conduct a fund-raising cycle ride on Watt Bikes at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and at Asda Supermarket, as well as taking part in a sleep-out to raise awareness of the challenges faced by rough sleepers across the country.

The fund raising events in Redditch will be conducted 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.

Sgt Russ Taylor, of 54th Support Squadron said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our soldiers to do something positive for the Redditch community. Our soldiers thrive on a challenge and are eager to get out and make a really positive contribution to this worthy charity and to the many young people it supports.”

Redditch Night Stop is an organisation set up to provide support to 16-25 year olds in Redditch who are at risk of or suffering from homelessness.

Reservists are paid for attending any training they undertake and also gain an annual tax free bounty for meeting a minimum training commitment of 27 days.

For more information about 37th Signal Regiment, call Sgt RP Taylor on 01527 599324 or visit ARMY.MOD.UK/JOBS.

For more information about Redditch Night Stop, call 01527 66036 or see