My Week: Mark Elliot

The head of external operations at Help for Heroes recounts his week

Mark Elliot
Mark Elliot

Sunday: I'm in Portsmouth with my wife Claire for the launch of the Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2011.It's a hectic day because the team has to register 264 cyclists - but this is our fifth major bike ride, so it feels more straightforward than before. At 7pm we wave the cyclists off from Southwick Park and jump into the car to follow them the six miles to the harbour, where they start their epic 350-mile ride to Paris.

Monday: I'm first in the office at 7.30am, as usual. With only four members of staff in the Tidworth office - the rest are out or taking part in the bike ride - it's all hands on deck answering more calls from supporters than normal thanks to the previous day's media coverage. Later I meet a young man who was wounded in Iraq in 2007. It isn't a formal meeting, but these guys are what it is all about, so I always make time for them.

Tuesday: We are moving offices, so I spend a couple of hours helping to clear out the storeroom. A member of the public drops in after lunch - the office is the front door to the charity, so we welcome people who want to find out more. I leave at 6pm for a run with a couple of the team. I have run 70 marathons, so I am helping them train for various sponsored runs. Most staff members at H4H do fundraisers for the charity and running is popular.

Wednesday: I spend the morning at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court near Epsom in Surrey. I try to get there once a month to catch up with staff and the lads. I get back to the office for an afternoon of catching up on email before going home to pack for Paris, where I'm going to meet the cyclists at the end of their ride. At 8pm, Claire puts a plate of pasta in front of me and I realise I haven't eaten all day.

Thursday: I travel to London for a meeting with our London county coordinator and to spend the night, so I can be in time for my crack-of-dawn train tomorrow. Our chief financial officer is confident we are going to hit the £100m fundraising milestone since H4H began, so it promises to be a momentous day.

Help for Heroes supports armed forces personnel injured on active service.

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