Cobra Group sponsors Royal Navy Medical Memorial charity cycling expedition

Cobra Group has sponsored a 300-mile charity bike ride to raise money for a Royal Navy Medical Service Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Cobra Group – of which Appco Group is a subsidiary – sponsored Lt Steven Telford Royal Navy on a three-day, 300-mile charity bike ride to raise money to build a Royal Navy Medical Service Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The mission fits perfectly with Cobra's Be Something More initiative, which supports those who strive to do more for individuals and communities.

Lt Telford – brother of Appco Group Vice President and Director of Appco Group Polska Alan Telford –managed to persuade a handful of his colleagues to join him on a route that took them from Plymouth to Lands End, north towards Barnstaple, followed by a short hop across the width of the Devon/Cornwall border before returning to Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth for tea and cake!

Cobra Group donated £1,000 and provided some of the cycling kit. But the team couldn’t do the ride itself without support on the ground and Steven knew there was only one person who would fit the job description. He picked up the phone and called his brother Alan.

Steven remembers his pitch to Alan going something like: “How do you fancy driving our vehicle for a couple of days, mate? Nothing too tense, take in the West Country scenery and stay in a few military establishments? Should be a laugh.”

What his big brother didn’t tell him was that they would be on the move before 6 o’clock every morning and sustaining themselves on military rations!

“It wasn’t quite the Raddison, and perhaps a bit of a shock to Alan’s system,” Steven admits. “And that’s before we get onto the subject of mobile phone and WiFi coverage in Devon and Cornwall!”

“Needless to say, despite Alan’s limited military experience, he slotted in easily – although he did need a translator for some of the Royal Navy jargon (known as Jack Speak).

“On behalf of the cycling team – Steve, Scott, Andy, Janny and Dan – I would like to thank Alan and all those at Cobra for their efforts in supporting this expedition.

“The memorial will stir emotions among us all when it is unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum 2016.  Without the support of Alan and Cobra this wouldn’t have been possible.”