An especially demanding event received sponsorship from the Howdens Burton-upon-Trent depot: an endurance ride in Cyprus by a local Army Reserve unit...
4th Battalion Mercian Regiment took part in the ride to raise funds for two military charities. Combat Stress helps ex-service men and women deal with mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and the Mercian Benevolent Fund gives financial support to serving and non-serving soldiers in times of need.
This was a tough challenge: a gruelling four-day, 550-kilometre ride, including sections at more than 8,000 feet above sea level, with limited equipment. It's an annual army event, and all about personal achievement and development, as well as raising money. A challenging factor was the weather; temperatures fell to 4 degrees with strong winds and rain, and one soldier suffered from hypothermia.
It was worth all the effort for the team Howdens sponsored - which included Warrant Officer Jason Lamonby and Private Tom Worth, pictured here at the Regiment's HQ in Wolverhampton. Their unit raised £1,222, and was one of seven that raised a total of £7,500 for the two charities.