Good evening everyone,
I'm afraid this update will be mainly visual with a lot of photos from yesterdays start of SSAFA's Rally for Heroes at HMS Victory. It was nice to catch up with Jim Morrison who has been looking after me for the last five years when it comes to all things SSAFA :)
A very important part of yesterday was the fact that Rally for Heroes participants have already raised £118,000 pounds for SSAFA before they even set off! For me HMS Victory was hard work, a lot of steep steps to try and negotiate, negotiate them I did though with some help. For me it was a wonderful day with one of the charities I help who in turn has helped me do something different and have a good time whilst doing it. It is a "Petrol Heads" day with Aston Martins (my dream car), Lamborghini's, Porsche's, Jaguar's, Ariel Atom's, BMW's literally all sorts! Doubtless I've spelt some of these wrong :)
There is an ITV Meridian clip all about here http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-08-05/rally-for-heroes-sets-off-from-portsmouth/
I also took a video as the "convoy" left, https://vimeo.com/177819673
Lt Boyce and L\Cpl Scanlon, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards
The name of everyone lost in Afghanistan on the car
I couldn't find Lt Boyce on the car, he will be there though...
HMS St Albans coming home
On getting back to The Farmhouse InnLodge where we were staying the "Petrol Head" experience continued, there was a wedding at the Hotel and the Groom was delivered in a DeLorean DMC-12.
Today was an almost boring day in comparison, I headed off this morning and did some graves and memorials on the way to the Royal Oak at Langstone, Havant was an interesting stop at the Parish Church where there was a fete on and quite a few ex-forces were in and around, a bit of a natter, a bacon bagguette and I was on my way again, getting to Langstone from Havant was a bit of a nightmare, the traffic was flowwing slower than me, no idea why, once I cleared the roundabout I could use the pavement and was soon at the Royal Oak.
I dropped the trailer, sorted the cats and headed out to get Hayling Island done out of the way, I was surprised to find a small plaque in the Parish church in Welsh, no idea what it said which is a shame. I then plodded down to Hayling Island RNLI Station on the off chance someone was there, they were, there was shout on! I still didn't get a new flag and nearly lost it on the way back to brambles in the hedge...
RNLI Hayling Island returning home