Injured soldier prepares for 50-mile fundraiser

INSPIRATIONAL Joe Townsend who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is doing a 50-mile bike ride to raise cash for other amputees.

Joe, from Pevensey, will join a team of 12 current and former servicemen and take on the challenge of cycling 50 miles in the 3 Counties Cycle Ride (3CCR) this weekend. The ride starts June 5 in Bracknell, Berkshire, and Joe and his team mates, who are also all amputees, will raise money for BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association), a charity close to all their hearts.

The charity, which has been helping serving and ex-servicemen and women and their families for more than 75 years, believes that sporting events like the 3CC encourage amputees in their rehabilitation process.

It also allows amputees to share their stories with others and help raise awareness of BLESMA’s work. Joe is currently training for a number of events including a triathlon.

All money raised will go directly to BLESMA and its rehabilitation programme. To sponsor Joe and his team mates visit