Project Mobility 4x4 has had a busy month, with the newly converted MOB1 vehicle for disabled drivers rolling around Mons Barracks and Headley Court with LCpl Hilton firmly in the driver seat. Whilst the kit beds in and feedback is received on the modifications, the team of volunteers have turned their attention to fundraising and future events. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, SAS veteran, explorer, runner and author and a resident on Exmoor, local to Mammouth 4x4, sent signed books down for the auction at the Field of Heroes event, and was so supportive of the efforts he sent a testimonial for use by the organisation.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE said, 'Project Mobility has all my support, for the empowerment it is giving to injured service personnel, enabling individuals to get out and experience adventure and the freedom they have fought for. The stories of our troops heroism and dedication to their country in the face of adversity makes the mobility and opportunity provided by Project and its Volunteers imperative. Hopefully the adapted Land Rovers, off road training and escorted expeditions will empower amputees to embrace their disability and live life to the full. This is a grass roots organisation which reflects the ethos of being a Land Rover owner, the camaraderie and having 'One Life, so Live It''
Latest news from the camp is very exciting; the group has charitable status approved for Gift Aid and has set up an online fundraising portal as well as donations and selling of quality merchandise. Martin White, trustee and serving member of the Household Cavalry said, 'All monies raised will help with Mob2, the Coldstream Guards utility vehicle for use at Mons Barracks, which is why the clothing for this fundraiser is red with a black quality emboridered logo. We have a range of Polo Shirts, Hooded Sweats, Kids' clothing, the essential baseball cap, and some lovely blankets for use camping or on your wheelchair.'
The Field of Heroes event has limited numbers and there are a few places left, so make sure on May Bank holiday weekend you're having a blast with the Project Mobility Team. Events Coordinator, Sally Davies said, 'The Field of Heroes event is a chance to learn new skills, help fundraise and have a laugh while meeting new people from all walks of life, military and Land Rover enthusiasts alike. Come along and join us around the fire pit at a secret location near Basingstoke from 29th May, it will be an unforgettable experience for all.'
This grass roots organisation is already making a difference to one person's life, and with your help it can assist many more. The group would like to wish all the best to Glyn Parry, one of the Mob1 REME team, who has recently been deployed to Afghanistan, and to Mark who is currently working in Basra. If you know anyone serving, or a veteran, who would like to access the help and service offered by Project Mobility then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime show your support online through their website at www.projectmobility4x4.org