Old & Bold Battlefield Challenge 2017 – A Pilgrimage to Passchendaele

Alan Spencer, a severely disabled ex-serviceman and tenant of Haig Housing Trust, is attempting to hand cycle along with a couple of novice cyclists over a two day period the Battlefields and Monuments of the France & Flanders in honour of the sacrifice that our ancestors made.

As this year marks the centenary of the First World War battles of Arras, Messines Ridge, Passchendaele and Cambria, sometimes known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Alan felt it very important to do something to mark our respect for all those who took part in this battle, and by doing so, also assist those from recent conflicts who need our help and support today.

Of the great Allied cemeteries, the largest is at Tyne Cot where 11,961 soldiers lie buried and another 35,000 with no graves are commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial.

Alan and team hope to raise £11,961, a very poignant number – £1.00 for each soldier that never returned.

To support Alan, and help raise vital funds for Haig Housing Trust’s fundraising campaign Coming Home, which provides specially adapted housing for severely wounded ex-servicemen and women from recent conflicts.

If you would like to support Alan, please go to his Just Giving link below:


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