Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
29 June 2014

Day two of the rally: paying our respects at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

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Day two of the rally: paying our respects at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

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.

Early set off this morning; work up at half six, grabbed some emmental and slices of bread from the hotel breakfast bar and jumped into the car. About five miles down through the streets of Antwerp we realised that out sat nav had turned the GPS off and was working on a "your guess is as good as mine" mode. Luckily Benn, one of the founders of Rally for Heroes, came to our aid and led us to the dual carraigeway.

Jamie an I drove along the unrestricted autobahn at a leisurely pace (compared to everyone else) all the way to Bergen. We arrived at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Museum in Germany by two o'clock and were given a tour of the grounds.  Words cannot express the shock, horror and sadness that we saw displayed.

This was followed by a memorial service supported by the talented Hohne Military Wives Choir. A number of representatives from the Rally laid wreaths at the war memorial during the service and we gave our respect to the brave men and women who gave their lives for their country.

The day ended as the heavens opened with torrential thunderstorms on the way down to Hannover for our overnight stop.

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.