This time last year the organisers were celebrating having raised £750,000. Twelve months on they’ve fulfilled their £1,000,000 dream.
Tomorrow, Saturday 13, will see the 45 participating 4x4s embark on their 12-day battlefield tour that follows the path of the WW2 Allied invasion of Europe. It also includes elements of the WW1 Western Front of The Somme and Ypres.
Organised by Keith Bowen and son Tim Price-Bowen, the first rally took place in 2010 with the aim of taking 20 vehicles across Europe and raising £20,000 for the Help for Heroes charity. In fact, the organisers were overwhelmed; the rally set off with 45 cars and raised a staggering £122,000.
The event was such as success that it has since continued to become an annual affair. If you’ve been to LRO’s Peterborough Show, you’ll know they put on quite a display.
The organizers named year’s event ‘The Final Mission’ and set the specific goal in passing the £1 million mark, in terms of monies raised for H4H by the event since 2010. This has now been achieved.
The 2015 event commemorates the Centenary Years of WW1 and the 70th Anniversary of VE-Day. The rally experience is part military history tour (including museums etc.), fun activities, part off-road driving and part club-type social, and is open to road-legal 4×4 vehicles.
Among the participants is this team of sailors from HMS Collingwood in a Defender 90.
Help for Heroes says: ‘It is thanks to the generous public and support from people like Keith and Tim and the rally participants that we have been able to achieve so much in a short time. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support in the future. They are still battling and we won't let them battle alone.’