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Hodgkinsons Wheelers Take on Charity Cycling Challenge

On 14th May 2022  a select team from Hodgkinsons Solicitors are taking part in The Dambusters Cycle Ride held by, and in aid of, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund to mark 79 years since the ambitious 'Operation Chastise' was undertaken by Lincolnshire’s famous Dambusters on the night and early morning of 16th /17th May 1943.

Hodgkinsons Wheelers Take on Charity Cycling Challenge

Our team will undertake a 60-mile bike ride starting and finishing at Woodhall Spa’s famous Petwood Hotel. They will be cycling routes set by the Benevolent Fund on what promises to be a fun filled (and hopefully sunny) day. Last year almost £200,000.00 was raised with the charity hoping to exceed that figure this year.

The team consists of Stephen Hill (Director and Personal Injury Solicitor), Sam Sleight (Chartered Legal Executive and Head of our Civil and IDU Departments), Cameron Hill (Residential Paralegal) and William Middleton (keen cyclist and brother of Legal Secretary, Jemma Middleton) who have all eagerly accepted the challenge. They have been training weekly in a bid to increase their strength and stamina so that the 60-mile ride doesn’t come as too much of a shock to the system!

As many of us will know, Lincolnshire, affectionately known as Bomber County, played a key part in the second World War and the ingenuity of the bouncing bomb and subsequent Dambusters Raid which caused enormous damage to the Möhne, Eder and Sopre dams. These dams were of such a high priority that Hitler ordered them to be rebuilt as quickly as possible. So ensued thousands of German troops and workers being relocated from the beaches of Normandy to rebuild the dams. This obviously wasn’t a quick process and, as a result, a year later had the dams not been breached and the need for them to be rebuilt, our allied forces would have faced a far more significant defence had it not been for the courageous efforts of our beloved Dambusters despite the great loss also suffered by them. Out of the 133 crew that left RAF Scampton, only 53 returned.

Founded by Lord Trenchard, the RAF Benevolent Fund has been around since 1919 and has been supporting members of the RAF family ever since. It is for this reason that Hodgkinsons feel it is important to raise much needed funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund which continues to provide support not only for those currently serving in the force, but for veterans and their families or friends when they need help the most.

Here at Hodgkinsons we are dedicated to helping local charities, organisations and those in need through various fundraising events such as this and we hope you will join us in wishing our team all the very best on this latest challenge. If you would like to sponsor the team whilst at the same time donating to a worthy cause, please visit our fundraising page at the via the following link to help us reach and exceed our target of £510.00! Donations can be made via

We would be thrilled if you could come along to the event and support us in person at the Petwood Hotel on 14th May.