The brakes come on but the donations keep coming in for Rally for Heroes
Rally for Heroes complete 3,000 mile driving challenge in honour of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan but fundraising total continues to gain pace.
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Over 100 motorsport enthusiasts, including Serving personnel, ex-Serving men and women and civilians from all walks of life crossed the finish line at Waltham Abbey’s Marriott Hotel on Saturday, completing an epic eight day driving challenge in aid of SSAFA.
Every five miles of the rally was driven in honour of the 453 servicemen and women who have died since the start of the conflict in Afghanistan, reflecting SSAFA’s role in offering specialist support to families of those who have been killed or injured in recent conflicts.
News that the fundraising target of £100,000 had been reached broke whilst the team were part way through the rally. Jim Morrison, SSAFA Regional Fundraising Manger who was taking part in the rally and driving the SSAFA sponsored car said: “The occasional messages that we get from home have told us that the Rally for Heroes team have now raised £100,638 for SSAFA. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated and supported us so far.”
Highlights of the Rally included scenic Alpine passes, the poignant Bergen Belsen concentration camp and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. The team returned to a hero’s welcome of their own as friends, family and members of the military community gathered to show their pride and thanks at a grand finale reception.
David Murray, SSAFA’S Chief Executive said: “We have been following the progress of the Rally closely throughout and were delighted to hear that the £100,000 target had been reached whilst they were out on the road.”
“This event has clearly captured the imagination of the entire military community and on behalf of everyone at SSAFA, I’d like to congratulate all those who took part and made this event possible. It took a lot of hard work and commitment from each and every person involved and we offer them all our sincere gratitude. The money raised will allow us to continue the vital work that we do with over 50,000 military people and veterans every year.”
Mick Clark, co-founding member and Army Sergeant, said: “It has been an exciting 20 months putting this event together for all of the participants, and to be in a position to announce that we have again broken the £100,000 mark is a huge delight for Benn and myself.
It has been a huge achievement for all those concerned from the organising team and sponsors to the participants themselves that have been out at shows and supermarkets fundraising; without them all we would not be where we are today. Roll on 2016 for our next major European Event and stand by for a few smaller events in 2015 too.”
There is still chance to show your support for SSAFA and Rally for Heroes, visit the official fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/runningtotal.