Security worker raises thousands for charity

Keith Bateman has raised more than £50,000 for Help for Heroes after completing a gruelling charity trek

 

Security worker Keith Bateman has raised more than £50,000 for charity after completing a gruelling charity trek.

Keith cycled 2,000 miles across the world to raise money for Help for Heroes.

His challenges include the Battlefield bike rides in France and Germany, the Ride to Recoveries in the UK and a recent nine-day trip to Vietnam.

And over the last six years Keith, who works for intu Eldon Square, has managed to pull in thousands for the charity, which supports injured soldiers and amputees.

The charity holds a special place in Keith’s heart as both his father and brother served in the forces.

Keith, 51, said: “I always wanted to follow in my father and brother’s footsteps and join the army, but was unable to fulfil that ambition due to perforated ear drum.

“My dad was shot and my brother Stuart suffered collapsed discs in his spine while serving in Northern Ireland, and had to undergo a long period of rehabilitation. Stuart made a full recovery and continued his army career, dedicating 22 years of his life to the service.

“When I saw an advert for fundraising volunteers for Help for Heroes, I decided to give it a go, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel that I’m able to give something back. Riding alongside injured soldiers who have found the strength, courage and determination to take on gruelling bike rides is a very humbling experience. Their war may be over, but their battle is ongoing.”

As well as taking part in the charity bike rides, Keith also works as a voluntary fundraising co-ordinator for the charity.

Keith trains three or four times a week and cycles a minimum of 30 miles most training sessions.

He has just returned from a nine-day, 320 mile ride in Vietnam, where he rode from Hochi Minh city to Hanoi alongside 30 volunteers.

He will hike Hadrian’s Wall in September for his next challenge. Phil Steele, general manager at intu Eldon Square, said everyone is extremely proud of him.

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