We recently got a call from the team at ‘Once I’ve Gone‘, a website enabling people to create and share their own bucket lists, document their life stories for future generations to discover, and safely store legal information and key documents for loved ones to find easily once they’ve gone.
The founder, Ian Dibb, set up the site to help others after the awful experience of losing his sister and mother in a short space of time.
For the next few months they are featuring Walking With The Wounded on their website. But they are also putting in a huge physical effort as well as plugging us online – pulling on their boots and driving 400 miles from St Austell in Cornwall to join us at the Cumbrian Challenge on 16 May. It’s part of their training the Three Peaks Challenge which they are attempting later in the year – all raising valuable funds for our projects.
Ian Dibb said: “Watching Captain Martin Hewitt, Captain Guy Disney, Sergeant Stephen Young and Private Jaco Van Gass trek 190 miles to the North Pole has been one of the most inspiring challenges I have seen to date. This was a feat of endurance that the majority of able-bodied individuals would have be unable to complete, so when a team of wounded ex-service men achieve it, you know that it’s special.
“The team at Once I’ve Gone work with a variety of UK-based charities and when the opportunity to support Walking With The Wounded arrived we did not need asking twice. Initially our team had signed up to take part in the 3 peaks (24 hour) challenge in July 2015, but we were easily persuaded to join hundreds of like-minded people and take part in the Cumbrian Challenge.
“For myself and our team it was a perfect opportunity to meet the staff at WWTW, and the ex-servicemen whose lives have been altered forever in defence of our country. There are few things that can give you the level of motivation needed to train for events like this, but knowing that every penny raised helps an ex-serviceman get back on track was all the encouragement we needed.
“It’s going to be a fun journey taking our team of four pretty unfit individuals, with eight weeks training, turn them into mountain men. It’s a trip of over 400 miles from the Once I’ve Gone HQ in Cornwall to Cumbria, but what a return journey it will be.”