WE DID IT! The team cycled 500 miles, ran 150 miles and swam 25000m (1000 lengths) in our 10 triathlon days. We sustained blisters, saws, aches and pains where I'd rather not mention! Every day brought new challenges, from the rain to the cross winds, it allowed us to bring our military strengths into action. Throughout the whole 10 days we remained positive and mentally strong (even with the 19 punctures we sustained and the mighty hill climbs of the Peak District!
We visited lots of schools, colleges and leisure centres, spoke to lots of people about fantastic career opportunities, adventures and the variety of lifestyle.
We have met many kind people who thought Style for Soldiers is a fantastic charity and we owe this all down to Emma Willis and her team for being the kindest and most thoughtful woman you'd ever want to meet, so a BIG thank you from the Brownlee Baton team.
All in all a brilliant 10 days and I/we would do it all again for you.
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About Style For Soldiers
In gratitude for the courage and sacrifice of our service men and women, Emma visits Headley Rehabilitation Centre for the injured to make the patients a complementary bespoke shirt in our luxury cottons. Also to those patients who need them, a hand carved ebony walking stick with a buffalo horn handle, and silver band engraved with their regiment and initials. They are extremely appreciative, taking great trouble to choose their fabrics and style of shirt, and there is always excitement when we arrive with the finished shirts and sticks. We have received many moving letters and emails of thanks, when of course they are the ones to be thanked.
The popular Style for Soldiers Christmas Party is the largest reunion for injured service personnel, to bring together the men and women, whom Emma has met, and introduce their partners and families.
Patrons Lisa Armstrong, Fashion Editor of the Telegraph, David Gandy, and Major General Sir George Norton play a valuable role bringing work experience and job opportunities, and raising awareness.
In order to provide a smart uniform for interviews and new careers, Style for Soldiers will be aiming to provide, in addition, suits, and shoes for those whom they have already made shirts and walking sticks for .
Therefore we would be grateful for your donations in order that we can continue to support these most deserving of young people into their new careers Donations can be made by sending a cheque payable to ‘Style for Soldiers’ and to us at Style for Soldiers, Bearland House, Longsmith Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HJ.
Style for Soldiers is a Registered Charity. Style for Soldiers has no staff or administration costs.
We were honoured to have received support from Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a Morale Award from the British Forces Foundation, and nominated for the Sun Military Awards 2010 for Support to The Armed Forces for our Style for Soldiers initiative.
Registered Charity no. 1161119