|Lance Corporal Ram Patten with players from London Wasps |
As a part of this year’s Poppy Appeal, the Royal British Legion is running a new initiative called March For Honour, which involves 4 teams of Armed Forces marching one mile for every British fatality in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 – about 1000 miles in total!
The March will take place between the 4th and 11th of November, and the aim is to raise £1m as well as awareness for the “Afghan generation” of our Armed Forces – the problems facing the modern day boys and girls serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Teams from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines will set off from four locations across the country, converging on Wootton Bassett, to collect the Book of Remembrance before marching to London for the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
"Having served in Afghanistan I appreciate the support the Legion provides to returning troops with physical and mental injuries and the families of the bereaved," says March for Honour creator Lance Corporal Ram Patten.
"The March provides an opportunity to thank the Royal British Legion, raise vital funds and make the public aware of the brilliant work they do."
For donations, the webpage is http://www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/marchforhonour and the text shortcode is: text MARCH to 70222. £3+one message @ standard network rate (bill payers permission required!).
For more info the March For Honour website is http://www.marchforhonour.com/ and all of the rugby photos are on the Facebook fan page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/marchforhonour.