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Slough soldier helps Sport Relief
By Amanda Dellor
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Soldiers from the 11 Light Brigade gear up for their Sport Relief challenge

As a soldier in Task Force Helmand based in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Captain Fiona Dangerfield from Slough is used to hard work.

But over the next week, Fiona and nine other servicemen and women are facing a rather different challenge.

They are doing a 5,800 km cycle and row which emulates the journey back to their HQ in Aldershot.

The soldiers - all from 11 Light Brigade - are raising money for Sport Relief.


The soldiers and officers usually provide clerical and technical support to the Headquarters staff and the Commander, Brigadier James Cowan.

But for the next ten days, they will begin a challenge which will see them waking up at 5.30am to cycle 60km per day and then row the remaining distance to mark crossing the English channel.

36 year old Capt Fiona Dangerfield RLC, Adjutant 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment is enjoying it: "I am loving it.

"It's awesome to do an event that gives back to those in need. Plus it gets me out of the office.

"I may need some medical assistance by the end of it but for now, I am going for it!"

SPort Relief team
BBC Radio Berkshire's Sport Relief team at the Three Tuns pub in Reading

Kristen Pierson-Taylor who organised the event said they just wanted to give something back to those who are in need of help.

"The people back in the UK have shown and continue to give fantastic support to British troops both at home and abroad.

"I just wanted to do something that would allow us to help others," she said.

The team will be fitting in the 5,800km around their regular operational commitments.

Unsurprisingly, a competitive spirit has emerged between the team. There is already a heated contest for the fastest time.

The soldiers aim to raise £1,500. Between donation boxes on camp and their website, the donations have already started coming in.

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