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Family fun day in Blundeston to raise money for armed forces charity

PUBLISHED: 16:25 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 July 2017

Steve King, whose Pedal at the Plough event will raise awareness about SSAFA. Photo: Courtesy of Steve King

Steve King, whose Pedal at the Plough event will raise awareness about SSAFA. Photo: Courtesy of Steve King

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An army reservist is set to host a family fun day to raise money for an armed forces charity.

Mr King is a Reservist who has been on four operational tours. Photo: Courtesy of Steve KingMr King is a Reservist who has been on four operational tours. Photo: Courtesy of Steve King

Steve King’s ‘Pedal at the Plough’ event will be held at The Plough pub in Blundeston tomorrow, July 22, with the day including an exercise bike competition, bungee run, barbecue and an exciting performance from the Harpoon Blues Band at 7pm.

All the money raised will go straight to SSAFA, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

SSAFA’s goal is to provide lifelong support to servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

They are the oldest national tri-service charity, meaning anyone who has ever served or is currently serving in the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force is eligible for their help.

In August, Mr King will undertake a 250-mile bike ride to the Somme. Photo: Courtesy of Steve KingIn August, Mr King will undertake a 250-mile bike ride to the Somme. Photo: Courtesy of Steve King

Mr King, who has been on four operational tours, says he is looking forward to the event.

“It should be a really good group of people coming together,” he said.

“I want to raise awareness about SSAFA and what they do for our servicemen and women.

“We’re giving something back to a charity that gives so much to our armed forces.”

In addition to this weekend’s event, Mr King will be undertaking a 250-mile ‘Ride to the Somme’, the proceeds from which will also go to SSAFA.

On August 30, riders will begin a gruelling cycle to the infamous battlefield in France, which saw one of the most devastating battles of the First World War.

The ride will also commemorate the cycling soldiers that fought and fell along the Western Front.

It was during the First World War that SSAFA became more prominent, after the government called on them to take care of the families of the armed forces going to the frontline.

“There will be 125 riders heading to the Somme and we’ll all meet up at the Imperial war Museum in London and set off from there,” added Mr King.

“All the money raised will go to SSAFA, which relies on donations.

“They help the armed forces and their families in any way they can.”

Pedal at the Plough will get under way at 2pm on Saturday at The Plough pub in Blundeston.

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