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Queen’s Dragoon Guards, including Connah's Quay soldier, in charity cycle challenge

GENEROUS soldiers saddled up for a cycling challenge to raise more than £1,400 for a worthy cause.

Soldiers including Lance Corporal Pete Bowker from Connah’s Quay were inspired into action by the injury to Lance Corporal Meadows, from Blacon, Chester, who lost a leg while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan last November.

The Dragoon Guards’ C Squadron organised a cycle ride on static gym machines in Afghanistan, cycling the distance from Garmsir, where they were based, to Chester, a distance of about 6,000 miles.

The squadron presented the cheque for £1,417 to the Duke of Westminster in Eaton Hall on Friday as a result of their efforts.

LCpl Meadows, who was present, now wears a prosthetic right limb.

The Duke of Westminster collected the cheque on behalf of the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (BLESMA).

As an added treat, the Duke arranged for a 1916 Rolls Royce armoured car to be brought in to the courtyard for the soldiers to get a good look at, with several of them even having the opportunity to drive it within the grounds.

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