Specialists from security and intelligence consultancy, Blackstone Consultancy, will be taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride this weekend to raise funds for Blesma, a charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing injuries…

The epic challenge covers 54 miles from South London to Madeira Drive on the Brighton seafront. Once the team are out of London they will race along quiet country lanes, passing through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath, before taking on the challenge that is Ditchling Beacon – a mile long climb to the top of the South Downs.

The team has so far raised over £9,000 for Blesma and is on track to reach its target of an impressive £11,000.

Blackstone Consultancy’s services have been developed following years of military and law enforcement experience – the team has worked at the highest levels of the intelligence community and in the private security industry. As many of the specialists are ex-military themselves, they can easily adapt to serious physical and mental challenges.

Managing Director, Simon Giddins commented: “We are proud to be supporting Blesma, a charity that gives back to wounded service members, many of whom will require care and support for the rest of their lives, long after the establishment and media have moved on.

“Many of us have witnessed the visible damage inflicted on those who served in the form of broken bodies and missing limbs (as well as those psychological injuries that remain unseen), phrases previously restricted to military vocabulary such as ‘IED’ and ‘roadside bomb’ have defined our military generation. So, it felt only right to start with a military charity.”

Blesma Operations Director, Ian Waller praised the team’s efforts, commenting: “We are very grateful for the continuing support of Blackstone Consultancy. The money they raise through their hard work training and fundraising for our Members will enable us to help veterans with life-changing injuries to rebuild their lives and not have to face limb loss alone.”