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£1,135raised of £2,000 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,135 to raise funds for Code's Retreat - the “PODS,” at Altcar Training Camp, Hightown

    Altcar Training Camp, Hightown, Merseyside.
    Funded on Tuesday, 8th January 2019

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    On 11th November 2018 it will be exactly 100 years since the signing of the Armistice silenced the guns and brought about the end of World War 1. I wanted to mark this centenary in a positive way, linking it to the present by raising money in support of a new facility, nearing completion, at Altcar Training Camp, Hightown, Merseyside.

    After a lot of thought, I have decided to do this by walking 100 miles starting on 1st October 2018. It seems particularly appropriate that this facility should be built in the North West where traditionally there has always been a high level of recruitment for the Armed Forces. I very much hope that the friends and colleagues who have supported me in my three previous sponsored long distance walks will do so again. It is now six years since my last event which was a walk in a swimming pool as part of my rehabilitation when I was recovering from an accident. Now at 71 "years young," the training for this walk has been a lot harder this time so this is definitely the last one!!!

    During the past eighteen months, I have watched, with great interest, the development of the “Code's Retreat,” project based at Altcar Training Camp, Hightown. At Altcar, four accommodation “Pods,” have been installed for the use of wounded, injured and sick military personnel (WIS) and veterans, to enable them to take short breaks as part of their recuperation process. “Pods,” are posh camping - basic structures but providing warm shelter. This is a new and unique facility here in the North West of England and with only a small amount of work remaining to be done, the project is now nearing completion.

    The first pod was gifted to Altcar Training Camp at Hightown and with a positive response from both individuals and the local community, £12,000 has been raised towards the purchase of a further three pods which are now on site. Each Pod accommodates two people and is provided with electricity. The project is named, “Code’s Retreat,” after a building which previously occupied the site, and it is situated in a quiet location away from the centre of the camp and beside a river. There is a kitchen and ablutions block, a workshop, a fire pit and a barbeque area. At the present time, work is also in progress to complete a hard surfaced walk to an elevated view point overlooking the camp.

    Through my previous involvement with a military charity, I have become increasingly aware that, for some people, their military service may leave a lasting legacy in terms of either physical or mental injury. In the latter case, the damage may not present itself until many years later, by which time it may be deep seated and can be very isolating, not only for those affected in this way but also for those closest to them. The importance of the " camaraderie,” that exists between those who have served together is difficult for a civilian to understand, but it has been a recurring theme in many conversations that I have had with both injured service personnel, veterans and their families during the last ten years. I feel confident that the development of “Code’s Retreat,” (Pods project) will be one positive step towards helping to address this issue.

    The overall aim of the Code's Retreat project is not to provide or match what is already provided elsewhere for WIS and veterans but it promises to offer something truly unique when it is completed.

    As the Centenary of the end of World War 1 approaches , this seems to be exactly the right time to remember those who lost their lives in past conflicts, not only in the Great War, where two of my Father’s cousins were killed, but also in all those other conflicts where our Armed Forces have been deployed since then.

    However, for me, it is also important to remember those for whom their active service has been life changing. By doing something positive to help those who are still affected by their service today, I hope to raise a significant sum to help ensure the long term future of this project.

    Many thanks for reading this,

    Judy Hitchcock



    • Judy Hitchcock1 month ago
      Judy Hitchcock

      Judy Hitchcock

      1 month ago

      Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to you all. As promised, this is my final post, just to let you know that my Justgiving Crowdfunding page closes tomorrow and I said that I would let you all know the final total raised. With your help, together with the donations made off-line, Judy's Journey 4 - Best Foot Forward has raised a staggering total of £15,067.77 which is simply fantastic and far exceeds my original target of £2,000. I am so grateful for your support and when The Pods open in March I am sure they will be a huge success.

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    • Judy Hitchcock2 months ago
      Judy Hitchcock

      Judy Hitchcock

      2 months ago

      I just wanted to give you a pre Christmas update on how the fundraising is going. I have had such a lot of support for this walk and with about four weeks to go before the fund closes, I have now raised over £15,000 which is simply marvellous. Thank you so much for all the support but please keep spreading the word about the Pods and I will post the final total in mid January. Happy Christmas and thank you all so much.

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    • Judy Hitchcock4 months ago
      Judy Hitchcock

      Judy Hitchcock

      4 months ago

      Just to let you know that since the end of the walk a week ago, the total raised has gone up to £2,400 which is really good. Although the walk itself has finished, the fund will remain open for a few weeks yet so please do spread the word about the pods if you can as it all helps to get the word out there. Once again many thanks for all your help in raising this money, I couldn't have done it without you.

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    • Elizabeth Stanfield

      Elizabeth Stanfield

      Dec 14, 2018

      A fabulous idea for such a great cause from Liz Stanfield and all the ladies at the Formby Stormers ladies running group


    • Busy Body's

      Busy Body's

      Nov 1, 2018

      Fantastic work- Jan and Lucy


    • David and Paddy

      David and Paddy

      Oct 29, 2018

      Hope there are not too many blisters Judy and the feet have held up!


    • Anna Potter

      Anna Potter

      Oct 27, 2018

      Well done!


    • Tracey Capie-Witterick

      Tracey Capie-Witterick

      Oct 22, 2018


    • Elizabeth Perkins

      Elizabeth Perkins

      Oct 21, 2018

      Wow, what a good idea. Hope the weather stays fine and your feet strong. Good luck. Liz and Finlay xx


    • Charles Hurst

      Charles Hurst

      Oct 19, 2018

      Wish you all well, Judy.


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