Day nine of the rally: going home.
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By Jim Morrison
Jim is co-driver in SSAFA's car for our Rally for Heroes 2014 charity challenge. In his day job, he looks after fundraising for SSAFA in Wales and the West of England.
We awoke at half five in the morning, breakfasted and set off, tired but smiling. Today we travel from Luxembourg to Calais, then over the wet bit to Dover and finally to Waltham Abbey.
France greeted us with lashings and lashings of lovely rain bringing visibility down to 10 -15ft and leaving parallel rivers spraying up from our band of happy troopers. We passed over some spectacular bridges and through Lille towards the coast.
As we went past signs pointing north to Flanders I was reminded of my great grandfather's brother who wrote letters home everyday whilst he was fighting in the First World War. Before war broke out, he and some friends were travelling around Europe in their first car. In the same months 100 years ago, their tour took them to Germany, Switzerland and then France. Three years later, he and all his friends were killed in the fields that I was driving through.
SSAFA was there then to help the women and children left behind. I'm proud to say that SSAFA is here now to help families of our forces. Never stopping, always quietly helping for over 129 years. This trip, dreamt up by two servicemen over a pint of beer, has raised over £100,000 for SSAFA. To Mick, Benn, the support team who stood in the rain counting all the cars in, and all the wonderful participants - on behalf of SSAFA we thank and salute you.
To show your support for Jim and his co-driver Private Jamie Hull - and for SSAFA - text ‘JRFH75 £5’ to 70070 and donate £5 or visit their fundraising page.