Here at Creative Shed, we are very proud to be part of the local community and the developing area in which we work and live within. Where possible, we like to support and sponsor local people, and that’s why we have been extremely proud sponsors of Claire Christiana and Christine Hubbard, who have just finished participating in the extremely tough SSAFA Ride to the Somme. The 240-mile cycling event commemorated the cycling soldiers who fought and fell along the western Front. The event was Christine’s first ride to the Somme and Claire’s second, although her time on a single bike.
The trip was made even more remarkable by the fact that Christine and Claire both have hidden physical disabilities, with them both suffering from Fibromyalgia, a long-term condition leaving sufferers with pain all over the body.
The trip began on August 29th, and the pair visited some of the most important battlefield sites of the Great War. This was made extra special when they were able to pay their respects to Christine’s great uncle at Daours cemetery, which they visited on their first day. Due to her disability, Christine found the ride challenging and extremely painful, but due to grit and resilience powered through.
The three-day trip culminated at the Armistice Glade on the 1st September. They visited many remarkable sights along the way, with the pictures available to see below.
Christine and Claire both said the ride was a very challenging but emotional and liked to thank their team for being supportive along the way. We are very proud of both these amazing ladies and are grateful for been able to sponsor such an amazing cause.