Date: Friday 20 November 2020
Tenterden resident Harry Salmon is celebrating after completing a 270km sponsored cycle ride from Dieppe to Ouistreham in August this year.
The 82 year old has raised over £3,500 for the Normandy Memorial Trust who are building a memorial monument overlooking the Gold Beach in Normandy. The monument will remember the brave servicemen and women who lost their lives on D-Day and during The Battle of Normandy.
All of the funds Harry raised will go towards an education and visitor centre next to the memorial. The centre will inform visitors of the historic events which took place in Normandy in 1944.
The Normandy Memorial Trust is close to Harry’s heart as his father’s name will be one of the 22,442 included on the monument. He says: “My father, Sgt. Harry Salmon, served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and I wanted to show my appreciation, not only for him, but to every single person who was affected by D-Day in 1944.
“There’s no doubt that this was a tough challenge but all the help and support I received really helped me to stay motivated. I won’t forget the sacrifices that were made for us and that’s what kept me going during the challenge. I’d love to reach my fundraising target of £5,000 and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me so far; it really means a lot.”
For further information about Harry's challenge and to make a donation, visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Harry-Salmon1.
Further information about the Normandy Memorial Trust can be found here: http://www.normandymemorialtrust.org/.