Bear Grylls offers support to Butcher’s Bike Challenge

An ex-butcher and special forces veteran is to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats on a butcher’s bike, to raise money for several charities.

Nigel Thomas, also a marine veteran, will embark on the Butcher’s Bike Challenge, which will take him 874 miles from the most southern to the most northern point of mainland Britain. The ride will take three days bwtween 18-30 August.

Thomas decided to use a butcher’s bike to tie in with his background as a butcher. He won several butchery awards as a youngster in Wales, including at the Royal Welsh Show.

Adventurer and television personality Bear Grylls, who is a friend of Thomas, said: “This is going to be a tough challenge, but that is Nigel through and through – determined to help those who most need it and to do it the hard way and with a smile to the world!”

Thomas will be raising money for Hire A Hero, Team Army, the Ray Gravell Trust and Walk on Wales charities, which offer support for military veterans. Hire A Hero and Team Army help ordinary men and women currently serving in the forces through funding and enabling sports and activities and helping to find jobs for those leaving the forces. Meanwhile, the Ray Gravell Trust and Walk on Wales support people in Wales.

Thomas added: “Life is so unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean we have to just hope and pray for the best. There’s so much we can do – really simple things – to take control of our lives, to be happier through getting fitter, eating more healthily and to generally help others. This is my passion.”

You can follow Thomas’ progress on and make a donation at: or text TBBC14 with the amount you want to donate (e.g. TBBC14 £10) to 70070.

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