Long Sutton motorist is raising money for veterans with Norway ride
A motorcyclist with mobility problems is hoping to raise money to support veterans, with a long ride around Norway next year.
Retired soldier Alex Belokon (69) is aiming to travel from Long Sutton to the northern part of Norway in up to 19 days in order to give something back to a good cause.
Mr Belokon is hoping to raise as much money as possible for The Veterans Charity to give something back to the community.
He had fallen on hard times after returning to this country from Holland following a heart attack.
Mr Belokon is 20% disabled and had fractured his foot in 17 places as a result of an old army injury.
He said: “I want to raise as much money as I can to support The Veterans Charity as they do a lot of good work.
“If someone is in need of help they will do whatever is needed – whether it is food, clothes, other goods or a mobile phone. Keeping in contact with friends and family is very important for some veterans.”
Mr Belokon, who used to run the Sunkwanksaska Trading Post in Spalding, had joined the Royal Logistics Core as a 16 year-old and went on to give 24 years.
After leaving the service, he went to live in Holland for a while but wanted to return to this country after suffering a heart attack.
He said: “When I got back to this country, I moved seven times in nine years, it was a very stressful time.
“One landlady used to give me little jobs to do and would pay me as she knew I was struggling.
“I finally moved back near to my family in Lincolnshire. So now I look back on those times and have vowed to help veterans get that step up the ladder to help them on there way.”
He was inspired to take on the big ride after watching videos of other riders completing the challenge.
Mr Belokon said: “It is such a beautiful country and I had seen videos of riders doing it unsupported that it made me think that I could do it as well.”
Starting from his Long Sutton home, Mr Belokon is planning to travel through the northern part of Germany and Denmark to reach Kristiansand in Norway.
He said: “I shall end up in the northern part of Norway, which the furthest you can go as there is nothing beyond there other than polar bears and icebergs.”
Go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-belokon-thebigridetoNorway202