Pupils greet hero cyclists

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Children from a Ripon school welcomed injured troops as they passed by on a charity ride

Pupils at St Nicholas Primary School in West Tanfield met a group of 40 cyclists, including two injured soldiers, as they make their way from Edinburgh to London.

The 500 mile Ride of Britain bike ride is to raise money for SSAFA Forces Help, a charity that supports the Armed Forces community.

The children provided refreshments on the second day of the teams five day ride. They are making their way through Scotland, Carlisle, Yorkshire, Lincoln and Cambridge, arriving in London on Sunday, September 25.

The team includes 21-year-old Michael Swain, from 3 Rifles who lost both his legs in an IED explosion in Helmand Province. Michael is doing the challenge on a hand bike which he learned to use as part of his rehabilitation.

Also taking part is Paul Jacobs from 2 Rifles who was blinded in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was trying to save a colleague following a blast he is completing the ride on a tandem bike with his brother.

To find out more about the ride log onto www.ssafa.org.uk/rideofbritain