Kathy McQueen

Fundraiser for Southampton Veterans Trust

Fundraising for Southampton Veterans Trust
raised of £3,000 target
by 79 supporters
Walking the Jurassic Marathon to Remember Ben, 20 March 2024
In memory of Ben McQueen
We Raise funds to be able to support our to Veterans and their families


Each year myself and others want to remember and honour our son Ben, a bootneck who died in Portland Harbour in November 2018. This year we will be raising money for the important work of Southampton Veterans Trust. I hope to raise £1000 including £500 to cover a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum which is a poignant place for remembering and which some of the veterans have never visited. The other £500 would be to cover supervision costs for the counsellors who offer their vital services for free.

I was very humbled when I visited their recently re-located centre as they make their new home in the closed Bitterne library. The trust was started in 2014 by Colin Gaylor who working in a housing context realised the unique challenges faced by veterans. The charity is completely run by volunteers and provides a safe space to talk and meet others in addition to providing professional counselling, support with housing, finance and signposting to other specialist services. It has literally been a life saver at times and makes a significant difference to those veterans often misunderstood and neglected by society.

This centre is run by some of the most generous and committed people I have met. The genuine care shown to veterans in need of help or support, whatever the season or time of day, is astounding. They really do care, and they really do help.

I plan to walk (not run) the Jurassic Marathon over 2 days heading into the wind i.e. East to West so that Portland is almost constantly in my line of sight. We plan to gather to remember Ben at his headstone, located in the CWGC Royal Naval Cemetery on Portland at 5pm on 20th of March which would have been Ben’s 32nd birthday. You are welcome to join us.

You are also very welcome to run the marathon yourself if you can !!!

On the 20th Josh and Colin are remembering Ben by swimming a 40 length 1km race against each other by comparing times.

Thank you for your support.

About the charity

Our aim is to help with the physical and mental health wellbeing for all who have served HM Armed Forces and Commowealth personnel based in the UK. Reducing the feeling of loneliness and isolation is a very big part of the things we do. We manage to do this with the kind donations we recieve.

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