Hotel boss gets on his bike

Jim Hilton and Steven McLeod in training to cycle 450k across Vietnam to reaise money for Help the Heroes
Jim Hilton and Steven McLeod in training to cycle 450k across Vietnam to reaise money for Help the Heroes

Hotelier Steven McLeod is preparing to tackle an epic cycle journey to help injured service personnel.

Along with friend Jim Hilton he will head to Vietnam in March for a 450-kilometre journey which will take 11 days.

The pair hope their efforts will raise lots of money for Help for Heroes.

Their journey will take them past rice paddies, through jungle, by mountains and across battlefield sites from Danang to central Vietnam.

Entrepreneur Steven (39), who runs the Aurora Hotel group, which includes Airth Castle, Glenbervie House and The Parsonage, is taking his training regime seriously, hitting the gym at 6 a.m. each day and cycling every spare moment he has, and that includes rigourous hillclimbs.

He has also organised a charity dinner dance which will take place in Airth Castle Hotel on Saturday, March 8.

Steven said: “Many servicemen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice; so many lives have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in the course of their duties.

“It is after the guns have fallen silent, the din of battle has quietened, that the real fight begins – a fight that may last for the rest of their lives.

“So my pal Jim and I are hitting Vietnam with this charity cycle to raise as much money as we can for Help for Heroes.”

Jim (42) is originally from Eastbourne, Sussex, but now lives in Dollar, and is an IT professional with IBM.

Steven added that both have already had lots of support from family, friends and colleagues who’ve been generously donating. But now they’re hoping for more support from the wider 

All funds will specifically help wounded service personnel coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Programmes 
include sports designed to provide alternative rehabilitation and therapy activities to motivate and inspire the wounded heroes to realise their dreams and reach new goals.

The cycle challenge will place from March 29 to April 8.

A few tables are still available at the charity dinner. These can be booked by contacting Laura Barry by e-mail at or by calling (01324) 831411.

Donations can be made online at