Day 15 – The Cenotaph and a VIP – Please Donate!

A visit and a cheer from Help For Heroes CEO Melanie Waters OBE as Mel says: “You’re really making a difference” As we said earlier today: “…in the end, it’s about the blokes. The wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran and their families… …Give us your money. Donate here: Please.”

Day 22 – 18/09/21 Trethewey War Memorial

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriatingContinue reading “Day 22 – 18/09/21 Trethewey War Memorial”

Day 20 – 16/09/21 Parker VC & Endeavour Recovery Centre

As we said in our previous post on Phoenix House, despite circumstances we will still visit all 4 recovery centres that were set up by Help For Heroes. You can read their statement in that blog post. The centre comprises two buildings Parker VC and Endeavour. Parker VC is a specialist accommodation building and wasContinue reading “Day 20 – 16/09/21 Parker VC & Endeavour Recovery Centre”

Day 16 – 12/09/21 Runnymede RAF Memorial

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission RAF memorial at Runnymede is a magnificent memorial commemorating over 20,000 service men and women of the Commonwealth Air Forces who died during operations from bases in the UK as well as North and Western Europe, and who have no known grave. It was unveiled by the young Queen ElizabethContinue reading “Day 16 – 12/09/21 Runnymede RAF Memorial”

Day 15 – 11/09/21 Sanders Draper School

Before we pay our respects to Flying Officer Raimund Sanders Draper (see our next post), we’ll be visiting the school after whom he is named. The school has a unique and fascinating history. On Wednesday 24th March 1943 at 10.40am, a Spitfire of No. 64 Squadron piloted by an American volunteer serving with the R.A.F.,Continue reading “Day 15 – 11/09/21 Sanders Draper School”

Day 9 – 6/09/21 Phoenix House Recovery Centre

When we planned the route, we selected the Recovery Centres as 4 key places we wanted to visit – even though they were temporarily closed due to Covid-19. It was to highlight the problems facing the charity sector and our chosen charity Help For Heroes in particular – and why we needed to fundraise forContinue reading “Day 9 – 6/09/21 Phoenix House Recovery Centre”