Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014 on 5:16 pm

Bradford veteran to scooter 2,000 miles for ex-force pals

Steve Boughen Ride 4 Heroes

Steve Boughen on his scooter with Remploy advisor Abdul Quddus

A former serviceman is to scoot 2,000 miles across the UK to raise awareness about employment help veterans can receive from local services.

Steve Boughen, who works as an employment advisor at Remploy Bradford, will be setting off tomorrow on his 125cc scooter from Bradford to John O’Groats, to Land’s End and back to Bradford.

His journey will take eight days and he will ride a total of 2,078 miles stopping at different routes along the way including the Poppy Factory in London and the historic Commando Memorial in Scotland, which is dedicated to the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II.

Mr Boughen said: “The aim of this challenge is to raise money for the Poppy Factory who provide support for wounded, injured and sick veterans to find employment. It will also raise awareness that there is help for veterans and ex-servicemen who are trying to get back into work.

“This will be a proper adventure and I don’t know what to expect. But no matter what the problems, I find that on the road I am calm and usually unfazed. So I’m looking forward to it very much, and there has been lots of support so far.”

Mr Boughen will be camping most of the way, and will be carrying a roll mat, sleeping bag, an inflatable pillow, mobile phone charger, clothes including waterproofs, a wash kit, a mirror, a torch, tyre sealant, a map, canned emergency food and energy bars.

He served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a propulsion mechanic and worked his way up to Corporal before a road traffic accident ended his 10-year career.

He was touring on a motorbike in Scotland, and suffered life-threatening injuries losing his right leg above the knee. He now has a carbon fibre leg.

But it didn’t stop him in getting back into work and helping others. He currently works for Remploy, an organisation that was originally formed after World War II to provide jobs for disadvantaged veterans.

He said: “Our heritage makes us best placed in supporting those experiencing barriers to work to move in to fulfilling and lasting careers. We have a veterans programme, offer support to guide veterans, and we also help with CVs, cover letters and discuss opportunities.”

To donate to Mr Boughen’s scooter challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/rblpoppyfactory/donate. You can also find out more about the challenge at www.ride4heroes.org.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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