Story

A friend of mine Ben Wagon (23) a helicopter engineer with the Royal Navy was in a serious car cash in October 2011, tradgically his girlfriend Justine did not survive and Ben was in a critical condition at the Wessex Neurological Unit in Southampton General Hospital for several weeks where he received amazing treatment which put bluntly saved his life, once well enough he was moved to the specialist military rehabilitation unit Headley Court - the Help for Heroes funded MoD unit in Surrey - to continue his recovery. Ben has been at Headley Court since Xmas but at weekends he goes to SSAFA Norton House, who offer short-term accommodation to wounded service personnel and their families allowing them to spend quality time together away from the hospital environment. I occasionally visit Ben at weekends and see at first hand the work and support they give not only to Ben but his parents Tracey and Richard.

Its been incredible to witness first hand the progress Ben has made and made me get off by backside and support at least one of the organizations that have helped Ben on his journey to recovery.

 

I am going to walk from the Southampton General to Norton House a distance of about 70 miles with my brother in-law Neil starting on the 10th May 2012 over the course of 3 days. Now, this isn't sitting in a bath of beans, waxing my legs or having my head shaved; this is genuinely going to require a lot of dedication and commitment. I am excited and apprehensive, but most importantly serious about this undertaking. I see this as a real personal endeavor, and hope you do to. I am therefore not going to be shy asking for money from you. Whilst I know that times aren't brilliant at the moment and most people are being understandably cautious, I'm doing this to raise cash for a very worthwhile charity. I'm getting off my backside and really doing something meaningful - I want your support!! This is a proper challenge and I want to raise proper money!! 

 

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If you have read this far please just spend another minute and make a donation no matter how small. I really appreciate your support and thank you very much for any donations - all amounts are greatly received.


P.S.  Ben will be walking at least the last five miles with us.

Raising money for

SSAFA

SSAFA

Charity Registration No. 210760

SSAFA provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families. Every year we give life-changing support to more than 50,000 people. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to extend a helping hand to our servicemen and women and their families, doing whatever it takes to meet their needs.

Donations 67

Well done Mike, I would have donated more but you came back!!!

Donation by Andy Cable on 25/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Amazing achievement! Well done :)

Donation by Lisa Kemp on 23/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Mike!

Donation by Mark & Caroline Diaper on 16/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Mike and Ben. Brilliant effort. How I wish I'd seen the tutu, Ben!!

Donation by Sue Hamilton-Peach on 15/05/12

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HI Well done Mike & Ben great Cause In loving memory to of Justine x

Donation by Gerry & Harry Herd on 14/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Joanne Barker on 12/05/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Very proud. XXX

Donation by Beverly Francis on 12/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck!!

Donation by Rachael Grainger on 11/05/12

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Pink tutu Ben? Surely red and white! ⚽ Go Mike and Ben 🙆

Donation by Jeannie Gibbons on 11/05/12

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In memory of our beloved Justine. From the Emblin family

Donation by Robert Emblin on 11/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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You had be better doing in a tutu too!!

Donation by Ben Wagon on 10/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Mike, Neil and Ben. Every penny counts for this fantastic cause, it really does help transform lives.

Donation by Nina and Mike Jones on 10/05/12

£10.00

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Mike you are either hugely dedicated or daft! Good luck from all at Bastows.

Donation by Frank Bastow on 10/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck - a worthy cause :) Chloe Mercedes Benz Winchester

Donation by Chloe Baptiste on 10/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Mike and looking forward to seeing Ben in his Tutu. xx

Donation by Sue & Kimberley Travis on 10/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Just get on with it Mike !!!!

Donation by Stuart Graham on 08/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Mike! I hope the weather improves for the walk! looking forward to seeing photo's of Ben in his Pink Tutu! (from the Peluso Family) x

Donation by Antonio Peluso on 07/05/12

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Mike and looking forward to seeing the photos of Ben in the tutu! Chris Jacobs (Friend of Tracey) 07/05/12

Donation by Christine Jacobs on 07/05/12

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Good luck x x

Donation by Sam Mole on 06/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck mike on your walk and Ben for the last 3 miles in a tutu! With love from Sarah and Peter Lewis xx (bens aunty and uncle x)

Donation by Sarah Lewis on 06/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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BEST OF LUCK TO YOU MIKE SUCH A WORTHY CAUSE CAROLYN FAYLE [A FRIEND OF TRACEY]

Donation by CAROLYN FAYLE on 06/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Goodluck (friend of Tracey's

Donation by lisa diaper on 06/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck! (Friend of Tracey's , Southampton)

Donation by Joanne Grainger on 06/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Mike, Good luck fella, its a good cause.

Donation by steve angelkov on 02/05/12

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Mike - you have a great personal reason for undertaking this challenge. Enjoy the walk and the well earned beer at the end.

Donation by Frankie Abbott on 02/05/12

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,507.00
  • Offline donations£1,607.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,114.00
  • Gift Aid£339.25

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