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Help for Heroes
Hello and Welcome from Three Peaks Challenge - but with a twist
On Wednesday 6th June a group of 17 students primarily based at the University of Gloucestershire will be raising money for Help for Heroes by completing the Three Peaks Challenge, but with a twist. They will be carrying 1lb in weight for every member of the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the war in Afghanistan. With the death toll recently exceeding 400 the team were motivated to take on what will be an extreme challenge of strength and endurance to mark such a tragic milestone.
The team will be climbing Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) within a 24 hour time period carrying around 26lbs each, and looking to raise at least £10,000 to support Help for Heroes. We have a combination of girls and guys on the team, highlighting the fact that both sexes serve in the forces and both have fallen.
Furthermore, to mark their respect for each life lost every individual within the group will carry a Union Jack throughout the challenge with the names of each soldier their weight represents (by agreement with the families concerned). This means that between them they will not only be carrying a combined weight of over 400lb on their shoulders, but also the names of over 400 soldiers who have bravely fought for their country.
“We want to make this challenge personal and specific; our peers are being killed and injured every day in Afghanistan, and carrying the weight of that sacrifice through the 24 hours makes the challenge all about them, rather than us. Young men and women just like us have lost their lives; they must not be forgotten. This challenge is our way of creating an active memorial to them and their families who have suffered such loss, whilst supporting those who have to continue to live with physical and psychological injuries.”
“As we watched the death toll approach 400 we were shocked, but even more by the increasingly routine nature of the news coverage of yet another life lost. 1000’s of guys and girls of our age are fighting for our country and defending the weak and oppressed. We are looking for this event to raise awareness and provide practical support for their bravery.”
So far the team has secured endorsement from Superdry who are providing clothes and coverage, the ACF who are providing transport, drivers and equipment, CirenStyle who are providing the Union Jacks, bottled water and first aid and the University of Gloucestershire who are aiding with publicity and fund raising in many ways. Further to this, Dave & Andy’s Free Weights Gym and Ruach Consulting have offered their support and sponsorship.
The team wishes to raise as much money as possible for Help for Heroes. If you wish to support them in this epic challenge please donate here.
About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and our four Recovery Centres across the UK, in Catterick, Colchester, Tidworth and Plymouth. These will offer support for life. The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support our wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won't let them battle alone.
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