Charity challenge for soldiers

SOLDIERS are today taking part in a cycling challenge to raise money for charity.The fundraiser, held outside Debenham's in Ipswich, involves a team of 48 people cycling 5,700 kilometres - the distance from Wattisham Airfield to a camp in Afghanistan.

SOLDIERS are today taking part in a cycling challenge to raise money for charity.

The fundraiser, held outside Debenham's in Ipswich, involves a team of 48 people cycling 5,700 kilometres - the distance from Wattisham Airfield to a camp in Afghanistan.

The troops, who started their challenge yesterday, were also joined by a few civilians.

They are raising money for good causes including Help the Heroes, an organisation formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts.

This event continues until 4pm today and there will be a spare bike for anyone who wants to join in.

During the event there will also be an auction for a signed Chelsea football and Ipswich Town ball and shirt all going to the highest bidder at the end of the ride.