LUFC Injured soldier in gruelling challenge
Leeds United fan Jack Cummings is about to take on a gruelling challenge in aid of Help For Heroes.
This Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, other injured soldiers and civilians, will be joining Jack who will be pushing a hand driven bike from Paris to London.
This is made more remarkable by the fact that less than three years ago Jack lost both his legs on a tour of Afghanistan, when an IED explosion injured him.
Jack, a sapper with the 101 Engineer Regiment, which specialises in bomb disposal, had spells in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, before moving to Headley Court Military Hospital in Surrey.
He finally returned home to Didcot, Oxfordshire, after a long and gruelling recovery period.
Remarkably just months after his release from hospital in 2011, and almost a year to the day, he was on a coach with the Thames Valley Whites Supporters Club travelling to Elland Road to watch Leeds United face Middlesbrough in the opening home fixture of the season.
Jack has set up a fund raising page where you can donate to Help The Heroes whilst he takes on this gruelling challenge.
On his fundraising page, he tells in his own words what he has gone through.
'Many of you know my story and what happened to me, but for those who don't back on the 14th August 2010, while on patrol in Afghanistan I was caught in an IED explosion which resulted in me losing both of my legs above the knee.
My recovery has been long and tough but I have remained positive and I have many of you supporting me to thank for that. For me the next stage of the process is to set myself a challenge, that's why on the 27th May, with other injured soldiers and civilians, I will be cycling from Paris to London.
Help for Heroes is a great charity that has helped my family and me a lot during the ups and downs, so if you have some spare money lying about it would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation.`
This country is proud of all its past and current serving soldiers and after what sadly happened in London earlier this week; it has once again brought the people of Great Britain together.
Jack will be supplying photos as well as an article for Vital Leeds at the end of the ride, giving us all an update on how he did.
You can donate on his charity page Jack Cummings Hero Ride 2013.
Please give what you can afford for a great cause.