FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give

David Abrutat cycled 3,200 miles around Great Britain in August to recruit donors for the National Blood Service and to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Abrutat's own life was saved by 20 units of blood after an accident which left him paralysed.

What was the most difficult moment in the ride?

The most difficult moment in the challenge was stopping after three months on the road - it was a big culture shock for me not to be riding everyday.

The most satisfying moments were the rides in west Wales, north-west Scotland and north Norfolk. The people and countryside are so beautiful in these areas and it was a joy to cycle there.

Why did you choose to support the National Blood Service and the Royal British Legion?

I owe my life to the valuable work of the National Blood Service and have had tremendous support from the British Legion as do many thousands of ex-servicemen.

What other organisations do you support?

Over the years, I have supported a number of differing charities but my service background has made the Royal British Legion a focal point.

Why was it important for you to do this?

I wanted to give something back to the organisations that helped me live and got me back together again after such a traumatic period in my life. I'm a firm believer that you don't get anything for free so this was my way of giving something back. I hope the Around Britain Challenge has made a real and lasting impression on those it came into contact with and made a real difference to the people who made need their resources in the future.

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