Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
13 June 2014

Final countdown for Rally for Heroes as fundraising ramps up

With only two weeks to go until the Rally for Heroes set off on their epic driving adventure across Europe, the team are stepping up the fundraising pace.


Final countdown for Rally for Heroes as fundraising for SSAFA ramps up

With only two weeks to go until the Rally for Heroes set off on their epic driving adventure across Europe, the team are stepping up the fundraising pace in aid of  SSAFA.

The hard work and effort is paying off, as the team get ever closer to their fundraising target of £100,000.

Benn Laidler, co-founder of the Rally and Army Warrant Officer, stated earlier this week, “It’s with great pleasure I can announce the latest figures hot off the press from the Virgin Money Giving Report: We have now raised £66,363.47!”

Today, the total sits just under £67,000 and with green lights all the way, the Rally for Heroes will be on track to raise those vital funds, which will help change the lives of the 50,000 people that call on SSAFA’s support every single year.

Last weekend saw the Rally for Heroes cars and participants at RAF Cosford Air Show, where they raised over £1,300, whilst showcasing a rally car display at the SSAFA stall. Meanwhile at Tesco in Havant, other Rally participants were hosting a bucket collection and raised over £1,700.

The Rally covers over 3,000 miles, with every five miles of the Rally representing the 453 servicemen and women who have fallen since the start of the conflict in Afghanistan.

The famous Top Gear Dunsfold tack will be the start point for this year’s event. The track, which has been driven by endless stars and professionals alike, will be hosting over 100 volunteer participants and 50 cars, who will set off to undertake an 8-day driving challenge across Europe on 27th June.

Vicki Butler-Henderson, the presenter from TV’s Fifth Gear will be waving off Rally for Heroes at the official start line.

The rally will set on Friday 27th June – the day before this year’s Armed Forces Day – and return on Saturday 5th July, taking in Alpine passes, the poignant Bergen Belsen concentration camp and Hitler's Eagle's Nest along the way.

To find out more Rally for Heroes 2014 visit http://www.rallyforheroes.com/.