A team of cyclists from Crescent Builders Merchants in Middlesex and builders merchant buying group NGG tackled the London to Brighton cycle ride this year in aid of charity.
The team cycled the 57 miles in aid of Josh Boggi, a family friend of Crescent managing director Les White, a soldier in the Parachute Regiment, who was badly injured whilst on tour in Afghanistan.
“Having postponed his third tour of Afghanistan for a couple of weeks to await the birth of his son Jensen last November, on his return to Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Boggi was assigned to assist the Irish Guard as he had been trained in I E D detection,” White told buildersmerchantsjournal.net
On 31st December 2010 while on patrol in Helmand Province, Boggi and his team were required to blow an access point into a Taliban compound. Once this was done the team had to check the area for any improvised explosive devices.
“As the area was scanned and marked Josh was caught in an explosion that cost him both his legs and his right arm, also, very nearly, his life.”
White says that, thanks to the excellent work of the paramedic team assigned to his squad Boggi was stabilised and resuscitated several times prior to being airlifted to Camp Bastion and then back to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for ongoing treatment.
“We, the NBG cycle team, decided that we would like to help in whatever way we could and have completed the 57 mile ride raising funds for Josh.
Our contribution raised by the NBG team has been in excess of £7500 and will go toward Josh’s leg fund.”