Outside The Wire Tour de Broads Cycle Challenge

Support our veterans as they ride 325 miles around Norfolk!

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TPR Events have announced the return of their Tour de Broads cycling challenge. An epic cross county event that takes entrants to as many of the Norfolk broads that they can reach on the roads, with picturesque views in between. This event is on Sunday 22nd August and Outside The Wire from The Matthew Project, are entering a team.

Stephen Neil, Veteran RAF, Dave Brown, Veteran RAF, Ryan Minshall,

Serving RAF, John Twist, Veteran RAF and Justin Smith, Veteran RAF

Lead recovery practitioner for Norfolk, Justin Smith, is commanding a mini squadron of four Royal Air Force and one Army veterans, who plan to cycle 325 miles! He has this to say about the challenge...


“I’ve taken this on for several reasons, firstly it will be the longest single cycle ride I’ve undertaken so I know at 51 years old it will be both a mental and physical challenge, but also as I know the benefits cycling can have. With working from home during lockdown, cycling gave me an escape from the four walls of the home office environment. It helped alleviate the isolation lockdown had imposed on us and enabled me to connect back with the outdoors and nature. Most of all it helped me to get both mentally and physically fitter than I had been for many years. In my role as Lead Worker for Outside The Wire, I have been able to endorse, encourage and motivate some of the veterans I support who struggle with PTSD and associated issues to also take up cycling and see the potential benefits it brings. I hope my challenge will not only raise much needed funds for the charity I work for, but that it may also inspire others to take on a challenge, or even just to take up cycling”

We're sure you'll agreed that our boys in blue are putting in every effort to raised much needed funds for a well deserved cause. Since its launch in 2013, Outside the Wire has helped hundreds of veterans, current serving personnel, and close family members across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. The service is run by veterans, helping to create more effective, tailored support for those affected by drug/alcohol misuse and/or PTSD.

In 2020/21, Outside the Wire provided the following:

One-to-one outreach support for 140 veterans affected by drug/alcohol misuse and/or PTSD.

One-to-one and group support for 55 family members and dependants of veterans.

Group support, activities, and volunteering opportunities for over 80 veterans and serving personnel.

So please, show your support to this awesome team with a donation. Every penny they raise will go back into Outside The Wire so they can continue their life saving work.


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