Weʼre raising £2,500 to Support our WW2 Veterans in 2020 and take them to Dunkirk for the 80th Anniversary
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It was one of those times where a casual conversation turned into something altogether more serious and involving for all concerned. Some years back Manny, an ex RN aircraft engineer, had proposed undertaking ‘the commando challenge’ run at the Clan Cameron estate at Achnacarry.
For reasons of health the challenge was never realised but the ember continued to smoulder until a chance Facebook conversation with Jumper, a former RM Commando, resurrected the subject and within a few hours the Inverailort2Achnacarry challenge was born. All that remained was to coerce Cheesy, another ex RN aircraft engineer, into the challenge along with Tony, a serving Viking warlord, as driver; and the team was set.
Given the mix of the team it seemed obvious that we should primarily raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) who support sailors, marines and their families, for life. and also Project 71, a charity that specifically supports WW2 veterans, again given the challenge this seemed another obvious choice.
History of the locations
The Special Training Center (S.T.C) at Inverailort House, Lochailort was one of the first establishments to be used for the training of Special Forces (SOE) and Commandos, Achnacarry and Achdalieu Lodge were later added to Inverailort Special Training Centre. In 1942 the Commandos moved all training to Anchnacarry which was renamed The Commando Basic Training Centre.
Sadly Inverailort house has been derelict for some years now and is in need of a great deal of repair. The locals headed by the estate manager Pete Maclaren are currently trying to raise enough funds to repair and repurpose the house; current thoughts are of an outward bounds centre with provision for rehabilitation services for ex services. Anyone interested to know more of this endeavour, or to offer any assistance can email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward on to Pete Maclaren.
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2019 was a very important year with the 75th anniversaries of D Day, Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. With the publics support we took our veterans back to the places that are important to them so they can pay their respects to their fallen comrades. In addition this year we placed a bench on the banks of the Rijn in memory of a medic who saved the life of one of our veterans and we erected a plaque at the Zig Canal in the Netherlands where so many lives were lost.
2020 sees the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2 and we would like to give the veterans a fabulous party to commemorate this significate event. To say thank you.
We think its the least we can do. But we cant do it without your support. Every penning donated goes towards our veterans, we at Project 71 are all volunteers who give our time willingly to support these remarkable men and women.
We also need finds to support our veterans on a day to day basis, provide transport, monthly lunches, days out, mobility scooters, home visits and ipads so they can keep in touch with family members.
Would you be prepared to give up one pint of beer, one bottle of wine or bag of chips and donate the money to Project 71 instead so we can say thank you to our veterans?
It would mean so much to all of us. Thank you.
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The team has agreed to extend the challenge by 50%!! We will now start from Dorlin House, formerly HMS Dorlin, making our way to Lochailort House (our original launch spot) up to the XF702 memorial and on to Achnacarry Castle as originally programmed. We still only have one day to complete the mission. We're still mapping the route as we go, using map and compass. We'll only using technology to record our trail It's a significant upgrade. We'd like to pay it forward by asking for larger donations!!
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Feb 4, 2020
Gooood luuckkk! 🍀🍀
Feb 3, 2020
Brilliant thing to do, wish I could go with them, very emotional day.
Feb 3, 2020
Thank you for all your help in sending me in the right direction
Feb 2, 2020
Good luck and thank you from Lee Carrie
Feb 2, 2020
Keep up the hard work Lorie & Co.
Jan 22, 2020
In loving memory of Sheila Burge. x
Jan 22, 2020
Keep up the good work.
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