Francie Clarkson, Help for Heroes Patron

I first met Josh on the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bikeride in 2013. He had been severely injured less than 3 years previously, losing both legs and his right arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

 

Rather than bemoaning what he could no longer do, Josh joined the ride on an adapted handbike.

 

The 350 miles we cycled were challenging by any fit cyclists' standards, with days of relentless cold winds and rain and gruelling hills to climb.  Josh endured the wet and cold and propelled himself up each hill; refusing any suggestion he should go some of the journey on the support wagon - even when his (arm) stump was blistered and bleeding.

 

His relentless and cheerful determination was a tonic and inspiration to all who rode with him.  I count myself privileged to have been one of them.