Seema Malhotra takes part in the Independent Parliamentary Trust (IPT) Poppy Bike Ride
Seema Malhotra takes part in the Independent Parliamentary Trust (IPT) Poppy Bike Ride

The IPT Poppy Ride 2018, in association with The Royal British Legion, sets out to raise funds and awareness for the Poppy Appeal in Parliament in the centenary year of the end of the First World War.

More than 120 MPs and Peers have taken part in the 12-hour static bike ride, each cycling as far as they can on an exercise bike in 5 minutes; trying to beat their colleagues to top the leaderboard. Serving members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy also took part, racing against Members of the Houses of Parliament and shared their experiences of life in the Armed Forces.

All money raised on the day helps The Royal British Legion provide lifelong financial, social and emotional support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 we will say ‘Thank You’ to that generation. We will stand together to celebrate the legacy they gave us and the values they lived. We will thank nurses and soldiers, factory workers and porters.

We will thank the people of all nations – not just those who fell on the battlefields, but those who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better future for generations to come. On this, the 100th anniversary of the end of fighting, we will say ‘Thank You’ so that the legacy, sacrifice and values of a generation are never forgotten. In 2018, join us in saying thank you.

There are so many ways the generation which fought for victory also fought for a better world – rights and freedoms were gained for women, nations, and workers; there were advances in medicine and manufacturing and an explosion in arts and letters. Society was forever changed, and we’re asking people today – as individuals, workmates, schools, community groups– to joining us in saying thank you to that generation as we bid adieu to the Centenary.

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