Tony Potter, a veteran of the Royal Signals, is from a family that collectively have over 120 years’ military service. A volunteer at Help for Heroes for 10 years, he knows more than most why we need to support our heroes: “I am acutely aware that some of our Armed Forces end their service with life changing physical and psychological wounds. Giving back a little is a good way to show my own gratitude for their service and what they have endured.”
He has put a massive effort into fundraising too - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp with his son, as well as being a frequent participant and one of the organising team for the Malvern Hills Challenge, raising almost £100,000 over the last decade. This year marks the 10-year anniversary and takes place on the 18th September, please see www.malvernhillschallenge.org to find out more.
His most recent challenge has been contributing ideas for the design of the new Motorbike Explorer T-Shirt. ‘’It was great to be involved with the Help for Heroes shop team, thinking about the T-Shirt design and slogan. We had a dozen great ideas which would have made memorable designs. For me, I have always believed our service personnel to be the best and indeed the ‘Very Best of British’, so this design has a real resonance with me; I think we have come up with a winner here. I will certainly wear my Best of British T-Shirt with pride knowing it is promoting a great charity which supports our wounded, injured and sick service personnel and their families’’.
Tony’s interest in motorcycle’s started from a young age, riding a moped at 16 and progressing to a 250cc motorcycle at the age of 17. Now retired, Tony enjoys getting out and exploring the countryside on two wheels. ‘’Since I retired, I thought it was time to get out there, explore our beautiful country, and to enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that comes with riding a motorcycle again’’.
Tony is pictured out adventuring while wearing his Motorbike Explorer T-Shirt at Ardingly reservoir and by the impressive Ouse Valley Viaduct in West Sussex.