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The Long Haul Expedition

Mike Laird & Rosie Stancer ski across Lake Baikal for Veterans Aid because Veterans Aid helps where it really matters!

72 %
raised of £2,000 target
by 43 supporters
  • Team members: Mike Laird and Rosie Stancer
  • Event: TheLonghaulexpedition, 26 Feb 2019 to 27 Mar 2019

Veterans Aid

We care for veterans in crisis to restore independence and dignity.

Charity Registration No. 1095308


Thanks for visiting our Just Giving page and joining in on our Double-Solo expedition over frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia. Rosie will be starting 1st March from the most southern point of the lake and Mike from the north three days later. We will be totally self reliant and facing average temperatures around -35C with dips below -40C. We aim to meet midway and will raise the VA banner before continuing on our separate solo journeys to our finish points.

Our route will be approximately 725 kilometers long. Farther than a straight line between Inverness and London. We will be travelling almost a marathon per day for 20 consecutive days whilst pulling sledges that will be upwards of 60 kilos. Our route will be a World First across the lake and having your support will make a world of difference to us and to Veterans Aid.

But we also want to make it count for something, which is why we are literally 'flying the flag' for Veterans Aid and making it a fundraiser for a charity that we both admire.

VA provides immediate, practical support to ex-servicemen and women in crisis - regardless of age, ethnicity, rank gender or length of service. All money raised by supporting The Long Haul will go towards something vital and unique. It will fund Veterans Aid's emergency interventions - the immediate actions that prevent ex-servicemen and women in crisis ending up homeless or facing the prospect and consequences of homelessness.

Last year VA saw 812 ex-servicemen and women, helped 94 veterans into employment or onto training courses and appropriately homed 154.

£100 can help Veterans Aid save a vulnerable veteran from a night on the street. Here's how:

£35 pays for a Veterans Aid Operations Team member to get out to a homeless veteran, transport them to a safe location and sort out their immediate needs.

£35 pays for a night’s clean, safe emergency accommodation.

£20 pays for emergency medical and hygiene needs.

£10 pays for a hot meal and drink.

Please see the Veterans Aid website for more information: Click here! 

 Thank you all so much Mike, Rosie, our support team and Veterans Aid.


  • Rosie Stancer
  • Mike Laird +12