Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
28 April 2014

Fifth Gear's Vicki waves off Rally for Heroes 2014

Vicki-Butler Henderson, presenter of TV's Fifth Gear, will wave off SSAFA's Rally for Heroes this summer. The driving challenge begins at the Top Gear Track on 27 June.

Fifth Gear's Vicki waves off Rally for Heroes 2014- SSAFA

SSAFA is delighted to learn that Vicki Butler-Henderson, the presenter from TV’s Fifth Gear will be waving off this summer’s Rally for Heroes at the official start line.

Rally for Heroes begins at the Top Gear Track at Dunsfold Aerodrome on Friday 27 June - the day before this year’s Armed Forces Day - and Vicki will there be to witness the intrepid drivers and petrol heads as they embark on their amazing journey in honour of the Forces community.

The driving adventure is an eight day touring challenge across 11 European countries. More than 50 cars will navigate some of the world’s most demanding routes, driven by volunteers who have collectively pledged to raise £100,000 to support the life-changing work that SSAFA undertakes for more than 50,000 people every year.

Sharing the news on social media this weekend, the Rally for Heroes team stated, “It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Vicki Butler-Henderson will be waving the flag to set us off.”

Vicki Butler-Henderson confirmed the announcement by adding, “I was honoured to be invited to launch such a significant event in aid of a wonderful charity and can’t wait to meet all of the participants on the day. It’s such a great thing that you are all doing and I just know you are going to love driving the entire route.”

Very pleased at the prospect that Vicki will be there to see them off, a spokesperson for Rally for Heroes commented “I hope you agree that she is the perfect person to set us all underway on our drive of a lifetime!”

Every five miles of the rally represents one of the 453 servicemen and women who have fallen in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict. This simple but powerful idea is strongly aligned with SSAFA's work providing specialist support to families of those who have been killed or injured in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts.

The rally will travel through Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Luxembourg and more taking in Alpine passes, the poignant Bergen Belsen concentration camp and Hitler's Eagle's Nest along the way. The drivers will return to a grand reception on Saturday 5 July.

Find out more about the Rally for Heroes.