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THE GREAT WAR TRILOGY AND 4 YEAR PROJECT FOR WW1 CENTENARY -
I have walked 3,000km around WW1 Europe, raising money for charity and publishing a Trilogy of books and poems to honour those who fell in the Great War to give us the freedom we enjoy today.
As well as documenting my experiences, I also used the walks to raise money for local charities such as Cornwall Hospice Care and Cancer Research UK. The Trilogy of Books with poems is known as 'A Pilgrimage of War and Words' and gives a day-to-day overview of the collective horrors of war and it is hoped that the books will remind humanity of the sacrifice made during this dreadful campaign. My grandad was only 14 when he signed up for this and was still underage on Armistice Day! We will remember them! He was a dedicated supporter of The Royal British Legion and I feel it appropriate to champion his cause and dedicate the walks around Europe to help raise awareness and valuable funds to this wonderful organisation.
I have also created a separate booklet containing some poems which try to capture the views at the time and, although it is hard to imagine, Life on the frontline amid its evolution of carnage. We will look at reading a poem out each day leading up to the 11th November to commemorate this poignant time.
The completion of this project also coincides with a personal landmark of walking over 30,000 miles for charity over a 25 year period as a fundraiser (roughly 1 walk per year and a 10-day pilgrimage each year for Cornwall Hospice Care in the last decade (10th anniversary this year to the month).
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