We can’t all be heroes, can we?

“We can be heroes, just for one day,” David Bowie sang in his 1977 classic. But really, can we all be heroes? I mean, we’re just ordinary people, and heroes aren’t ordinary – they are extraordinary, filled with courage and strength and special abilities. They are men and women who pit themselves against the odds for the sake of others. To go a step further, a true hero is someone who goes beyond their comfort zone to help others who are in need?

But doesn’t that include you? And me. Can’t we all do that – go beyond our comfort zone for the sake of others?

You see, there are people out there who need you, who depend on your help. And some of the people who need you are true heroes, just like you. The charity Help for Heroes is organising a national cycling show of support for wounded servicemen and women, and they need you. Hero Ride takes place on June 2, and cyclists around the country are organising fundraising events, with a mass ride converging in The Mall in London. For more on the ride, visit the Help for Heroes website.

And should you be feeling particularly heroic, you can join in the Dawn Raid sportive, which sets off from Tedworth House in Wiltshire between 2am and 3am, aiming to reach Blackheath between 10am and 11am to join the ride to The Mall. Dawn Raid, which is limited to 2,000 riders, is designed for confident cyclists who enjoy an adventure that comes with night-time riding and thrive in a physical challenge. See the website for full details.

So why not come along on June 2 and join the ride. And we can all be heroes, just for one day.

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