Hampshire Dads Army Mission Accomplished
Hampshire's Dad's Army walks 100km along Normandy coast and raises £12,000 for charity!
Hampshire's very own Dad's Army has successfully completed a 100km sponsored walk taking in all five Normandy beaches to commemorate the D Day landings.
With a combined age of over 700 years, the 12 men embarked on their "Walk in the footsteps of Heroes" over four days at the beginning of May. So far they have raised over £12,000 for The Geoff Smith Foundation and Help for Heroes.
62-year-old Geoff, who organised the walk and joined the group as an observer, said: "We had the most incredible time. The camaraderie was tremendous as we reminded ourselves of the heroics of our troops during the Second World War ... together with the supreme efforts our troops continue to perform today."
Walking up to six hours a day, appropriately dressed in camouflage outfits, inevitably took its toll but everyone completed the task in hand. Taking part were Laurence Ross, Dave Turpin, Lee Peck, Leighton Moat, John Smith, Tony Frost, Pete Vickery, Mark Bulley, Les Broughton, Mike Earls and Mike Cowie.
The event was sponsored by Hendy Ford Transit Centre in Chandlers Ford which supplied the transport in the shape of a Ford Transit mini-bus. Mark Busby, Hendy's Group Marketing Director, said: "We're delighted to be supporting this brilliant endeavour and these two really worthwhile charities. The guys did the most tremendous job and we were very proud of them."
The walk ended with the laying of a wreath at the Free French Monument at Sword Beach, which is also known as the Kieffer Monument, and represents a gigantic flame that pays tribute to all the French servicemen who participated in D-Day.
People can still make a donation on The Geoff Smith Foundation Just Giving site, or visit: www.thegeoffsmithfoundation.co.uk.