A SHIRLEY man who almost lost his life while serving in Iraq has raised over £3,000 for Help for Heroes.
TA recruit Roy Marsan, from Shirley, was suddenly taken ill while training there in 2003.
“The doctors diagnosed it as severe heat exhaustion,” he said.
“It was into the mid fifties in the Kuwait desert where I was.
“It affected me to the point that I didn’t want to eat or drink anything which isn’t good. I smoked at the time, and I said to the others ‘I’m going for a fag’.
“I just collapsed, and was lying there for an hour, cooking in the sun. The doctors said that it was the highest temperature they had encountered for a survivor, so it was a miraculous recovery really.”
Roy, aged 44, who works as a self-employed plumber decided to raise money for the armed forces charity after realising there wasn’t enough support for servicemen.
Along with fellow TA recruit, Glenn Darkin, the Biking4Heroes team cycled 420 miles between Blackpool and Brighton.
The journey began from the promenade in Blackpool, with the cyclists getting an official send off from the Mayor of Blackpool, Sylvia Taylor.
The team hit a stumbling block half way through, however, when Roy’s wife Tracey caught mild hypothermia. But she took a break from cycling and soon recovered.
“We would like to thank everyone that was part of this challenge, added Roy.
The team has raised just over £3,000 but hope to boost funds to £10,000. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/biking4heroes