Friends and family of tragic Warsop war veteran Lee Bonsall are cycling from Whitby to his home town raising money for armed forces charities.
Lee’s family believe he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder before being found hanged by his wife in March last year.
His parents, Karen and Kenny Bonsall, widow Serena and other family members, believe the Minsitry of Defence (MOD) did not do enough to support Lee and are now fighting a tireless campaign to raise awareness of the disorder.
Said Karen: “We want people to be aware that when people leave the army there is not enough in place to support them.
“I think more people are realising it is happening and we are in the process of lobbying parliament with a petition.”
Chad was told by Lee’s family how the Afghanistan soldier had taken an overdose and been discharged in 2007 following a period of absence without leave.
But he was never diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and received no help once he left the army.
The MOD told Chad last year that the mental health of service personnel was ‘a top priority,’ but Karen disputes this.
“It is frustrating - we do not want anything from them. We just want them to admit care needs to be in place when they come out.”
The riders chose to set out on their 120-mile three-day trip from Whitby because it was Lee’s favourite seaside place.
They will set off on Friday 28th June and be welcomed back to a party at Warsop’s Black Market with live music on Sunday 30th June.
Meanwhile, Bonsall family friend Adele Bryan will be running from Doncaster to Warsop on Saturday.
To sponsor either event email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund.