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Two men | the 5 biggest islands on earth | one world record

A former Royal Marine battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is about to embark on the third stage of his record attempt to cross the world’s five largest islands completely unsupported thanks to Help for Heroes funding.

Louis Nethercott, 28, of Wiltshire, will today begin his trek across Madagascar, travelling east to west following the historical lighthouses scattered across the coastline. He will be relying solely on human power to do so. He is being supported in his world record attempt by military charity, Help for Heroes, who have grant funded £10,000 for the expedition, the likes of which has never been attempted before.

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Cycling Fundraiser 

A beneficiary of The Not Forgotten Association is currently cycling from his hometown in Somerset to the Association’s headquarters in London. Ben Ward, who served with REME and was injured in Afghanistan in 2012, aims to complete the 162 mile journey in just 2 days. Speaking of his motivations to undertake the challenge for us, Ben said “The Not Forgotten Association has always been there for me since I was injured in Afghanistan.

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Scotty’s call out to Military Spartans

Charity challenges the UK’s Armed Forces to the ‘Best of the Best’ Spartan Competition

Children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, is calling out to the military community to take on the ‘best of the best’ in a bid to create the first ever Spartan Race Military Wave at this year’s Reebok Spartan Race Super at Marston Lodge near Market Harborough.

The Military Wave, which takes place on Saturday 2nd September, is open exclusively to the Armed Forces community and is certain to test the endurance, perseverance and grit of each and every participant.

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redheadPR sponsor Ashchurch to Didcot leg of Tour de Troops  

On Saturday 17 June 2017, redheadPR sponsored the 6th leg of the first ever Tour de Troops, from Ashchurch to Didcot – and managing director Sara Tye joined in and rode the 56 mile leg.

The Tour de Troops is a fund-raising initiative by 20 bomb disposal experts from the British Army to raise money for the Felix Fund, a charity which helps those affected by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

The main sponsor of the event is Kirintec, a company specialising in the design and production of security technology – including EOD solutions.

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Double award for charity sailing instructors

Two sailors from a sailing charity in Cornwall have passed a coveted Royal Yachting Association (RYA) exam.

Turn to Starboard CEO Shaun Pascoe and sailing instructor Dan Fielding both passed the Yachtmaster Instructor assessment at Falmouth last week.

The five-day course is for candidates who are already experienced RYA Cruising Instructor skippers and was a combination of tuition and assessment.

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Ex-Royal Navy engineer Craig Owens is a man on a mission

Having become a self-confessed “Teletubby” on leaving the Navy, 50-year-old Craig is now the driving force behind the Royal British Legion Northern Cycle Ride.

In summer 2016, Craig with the help of some close friends (Neil, Mark, David and Kev) organised the first ever RBL Northern Ride, involving two routes (70 miles and 100 miles) with more than 70 participants – this year he’s hoping to have more than 100 cyclists pedalling the roads of northern Britain to raise money for veterans.

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Frontline Walk – The Menin Gate

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff ABF The Soldiers’ Charity:

ABF1On Saturday 8th October 2016, one hundred weary ‘Frontline Walkers’ marched proudly together through the town of Ypres to the famous Menin Gate, to complete our gruelling three-day,100km Charity trek across the fields and tracks of France and Belgium, following the 1914-1918 front line from the Somme to Ypres.

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Armed forces dinghy duo crowned World Record breakers

An intrepid pair of charity fundraisers from the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence have been crowned Guinness World Record breakers for the ‘Longest Distance Sailed in a Double Handed Dinghy’.

Leading Seaman Phil Slade and Ministry of Defence employee Mark Belamarich sailed 572.73 kilometres (309.25nm) from Plymouth’s Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sail Training Centre Camber on Plymouth Sound to Whale Island in Portsmouth.

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Players and Staff visit the Battle Back Centre

A 2016 Fan Park was held on Saturday 1 October at Shrewsbury Town Football Club (STFC) when Shrewsbury played Swindon Town. This years’ event was themed around veterans and the support available to them.

STFC kindly provided 500 free match tickets for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, Reservists and families in what was a celebration of Shropshire’s Armed Forces. There was also an awards ceremony in the corporate hospitality suite as a way to say thank you to those who deserve recognition for their work and commitment. The Fan Day was organised by Shropshire Council, STFC, Shropshire’s Armed Forces, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

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