Pedal power brings in pounds for charity thanks to Debbie

Eastern Daily Press Fenland Edition launch. Left: Debbie Smith from Help the Heroes and Reporter Kat

Eastern Daily Press Fenland Edition launch. Left: Debbie Smith from Help the Heroes and Reporter Kath Sansom. - Credit: Archant

RAISING money has become second nature to March Mum Debbie Smith who is training for her next fund raising mission by cycling across Vietnam.

In the two years since becoming Cambridgeshire coordinator for national wounded soldiers charity, Help for Heroes, 35-year-old Debbie has raised more than £10,000 through a series of events including cycling across France and running a marathon carrying a full soldiers back pack.

Now she is about to train for her hardest fund raiser to date by cycling 1,000 miles across Vietnam.

The event will see her join 240 other people who pedal across the length of the country in an event organised by American charity, Operation Wounded.

They will cycle up to 100km a day for 10 days.

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Riding across Vietnam, the route will take cyclists past rice paddies, through jungle, past mountains and across many battlefield sites from Danang to central Vietnam.

Debbie said: “It is a once in a life time challenge. My hardest fund raiser to date,” she said.

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“Being involved with Help for Heroes has been humbling and awe inspiring, it can often be emotional but I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The cycle ride takes place in March 2014.

In the meantime Debbie continues her awareness raising work for the charity by giving talks and presentations to schools and organisations.

The latest money raised for her cause is £300 at a quiz night organised by the GER Club in March.

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