July 1, 1916 is a day seared in the memory of Britain. On that summer day 57,470 British casualties, the worst in our history, fell in a battle that did not end until November. To pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of all those involved and who suffered during and after the First World War, some of our supporters are marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with their own challenges to raise funds for the servicemen of today who are facing their own challenges in the aftermath of war.
Jordan Blunsom – Walk to the Somme
Jordan is a student at Durham University who is walking from Durham to The Somme in time for the centenary commemorations of the first day of that tragic action. The walk will cover 950 miles over a duration of 31 days at over 22 miles a day and he will walk the majority of the route solo intending to camp as much of the route as possible. The walk is conducted in association with Palace Green Library, who are holding a Somme centenary exhibition.
Joel Whittaker, Louise Watson and Christopher Hardy – Run 2 The Somme
Three former soldiers from the Parachute Regiment, RAF and Infantry Staffordshire Regiment are taking on a gruelling challenge to remember one of Britain’s bloodiest battle while raising funds for service personnel who are facing their own challenges in the aftermath of war. “Run to the Somme” involves team of three kayaking along the River Thames for 20 miles, then an 80 mile cycle to the coast and finally running 100 miles to the Somme memorial at Thievpal, France where they will hand over a wreath brought from the Cenotaph in London to a soldier from the Royal British Legion at the Somme Memorial on July 3rd.