Although an Ark may be more appropriate support transport at the moment with all these winds and rain.
I was actually thinking of the other ARK- Acts Of Random Kindness. No matter how big or small the power of ARK is immense. Throughout this week ARKs have been happening. Kath Tucker and Brian Digger Lupton from RBL bikers have donated their time and knowledge to support and keep safe the Veterans on their walk this week. Totally stars both of them, along with Samm Gill, Simon Stanton and Gren Matta.
The ARKs of much needed meals donated by lots of amazing pubs and people taking time out of their day to drive to find the Veterans has been humbling to them. But then you get the bigger ARKS – Veterans4Veterans group have given their time support to us and that is huge. Their challenge to walk from Lands End to London is epic – of course a huge physical challenge but also a totally selfless ARK of donating their time. Of course this ARK isn’t totally “random” as it’s taken hours of planning but I feel it counts as an ARK. As you get older I think your value time more – time with your family; time with your friends. Time is one of the most precious things you can give and our Veterans certainly are doing this.
Never underestimate the power of ARK and however you can do it- do it!
It’s Friday!!!! The radio and TV seem to have been full of reminding us today and telling us its time to celebrate – end of week and weekends here! So how’s your week been? What have you achieved? Achievements can be big or small but for David, Jamie, John and Troy their achievement this week has been epic!
From leaving Lands End early Monday morning, they’ve walked the the whole of Cornwall this week- arriving in Plymouth earlier this afternoon.
It’s been a phenomenal week with highs and lows and memory creating! The generosity of the Cornish people has been amazing and we’re all extremely grateful. Tonight the guys have enjoyed a gorgeous meal courtesy of Colin and Adam at The Harvester -Unicorn
Thank you so much.
I do hope you all have a fabulous weekend – the boys are going to enjoy a well deserved rest day tomorrow and of course watch the start of the 6 Nations!
Thank you for all your support too – Please keep sharing our blog and social media post. The guys are doing this to raise awareness and raise much needed funds for us. Raising awareness is great and much needed but with that it brings forward new families that need our support. Please help us to help them.
91 miles done – blisters and sore feet are kicking in but they’re still smiling! Great send off from Phil and Shellie at the Four Lords pub. Fantastic support – huge thank you, really appreciated.
……. still posing at NAAFI break !
Even with the outstanding support being received from Cornwall, the focus and main reason behind this mammoth challenge is never too far from our thoughts. A concerned call comes in about a Veteran “living” in a tent in a field.
David’s expert knowledge of the Military Covenant has already helped rehouse nearly 50 Veterans and he’s now dealing with case- even though he’s still on the walk! Will update you when we have more information.
As a mum I’ve found this case partially hard as the young Veteran is only 22yrs old- not much older than my eldest son! All cases become personal as they are real peoples lives but knowing you can make a difference – even if small – pushes us all to do crazy fundraising events to encourage people to donate and support us.
This piece of writing from a Veterans wife gives you a personal and real account of how PTSD can impact lives and how YOU can make a difference.
A Veterans Wife……
I’m a veteran wife – like many of us I’m a mum, wife, carer, pa, taxi, therapist – a superwoman who’s expected to “stay strong, keep smiling and keep things together” I’m one of many who with a plastered smile tries to juggle everything – I’m young , not prepared fully for married life with someone who’s former self is crumbling away, I’m one of many mums who mourn a “normal” picture perfect family life –to go out and enjoy ourselves amongst families -we don’t do any of these things as they trigger my husband and my child’s dad -we can’t go into crowds , strange places -we have to plan ahead any visit to an empty spot in the park ,or a simple visit to a doctor.
To read the rest please visit our Real Life Stories page.
We sadly say goodbye to Veteran Jamie Streets as he’s back to work tomorrow. Outstanding achievement walking 91 miles from Lands End to Liskard! Thank you so much – you will be missed!
Food tonight has been kindly donated by Becky and her team at The Highway Man.
Huge thank you.
Final stretch of today leading us to the stunning Doubletrees Farm Caravan and Campsite which was generously donated to us. Huge thank you.
Walking definitely builds up an appetite and our meals tonight were donated by the fabulous staff at the Four Lords. Huge thank you Phil and Shellie for a wonderful meal and hospitality.
Stinking of deep heat (other products are available but this is ace
stuff!) they set off early again this morning. Sun came up and so did
After an arduous stomp David called for medic support Troy as he was
concerned about his calve. On inspection we discovered Davids leg and
ankle was swollen……because of a bite reaction! Very painful but
good news it wasn’t muscle related. Antihistamine administered and
they were off again.
The blisters have started and Troy had been expertly treating them – is
he enjoying this too much?!
So after a day full of bruises, blisters and bites the fabulous staff
at Carnon Down Inn donate a much needed 2 course meal to our Veterans.
THANK YOU so much Becky and staff for looking after them.
Base for tonight is Carnon Downs Caravan Park. Gorgeous location and
generously they donated us a free pitch. Huge thank you.
Every journey begins with a single step – so that’s what we did at 7.30am this morning! Even though Lands End was dark, cold and blustery it didn’t stop the excitement.
Led by the fabulous RBL riders Brian Lupton and Kath Turner the challenge began……
First break and pasties – made and delivered by our fantastic support team Troy Davies.
Weather again wasn’t great but smiles all round.
Post walk debrief….. The fabulous Queens Arms pub.
Sat in the pub after day one – the guys may have blisters and chaffing but it doesn’t matter. The realisation of dreaming, planning has become a reality means smiles all around.
Now food, shower and bed!
If you would like to sponsor Dave Wood and the guys on the Coastal Walk you can click here to make a donation.
After arriving at the Queens Arms Hotel Heltson, BBC Cornwall do too. 4 Veterans David Wood, Troy Davies, John Schmidt and Jamie Streets all chatting and introducing themselves as some have only met for first time time – even through they have been friends for years.
We settle down in Troy’s caravan – support transport for challenge. The interview begins and it grounds us- this is the main reason for all of us being involved with the walk.
Every Veteran has a story – some just struggle to tell theirs. The strength shown in all Veterans, whether from their time on the battlefields or their battles after Forces life is unique. They will never fully understand why the public have such pride in them – as for them they were/are “just doing their job“.
As I settle down I remember the words of an intelligent Veteran tonight remember… “You always find behind every strong man is an exceptional strong woman“.
Night all as its 5am start for us x
Veteran David Wood is taking on the challenge of walking the epic journey from Lands End to London along the south coast. He starts his expedition on 1st Feb and will be supported by RBL outriders along the 545miles route.
After tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the First Gulf war, David left the Forces in 1996 but had continued to support Forces charities and support Veterans. He founded the successful facebook group – Veterans4Veterans, where nearly 4000 Veterans can talk and support each other in a safe environment knowing they will be understood. The group has nominated Garrison Girls as their chosen charity to fund raise for.
David’s has helped to rehouse nearly 50 homeless veterans and seen first hand how PTSD can impact our ex servicemen. This is why he’s decided to walk this challenge. His mission is to raise awareness of PTSD and raise funds so we can support more families.
Garrison Girls are joining him along the route and are hugely grateful to David and his team for their support.
Welcome to the GG Blog. This is where we will be posting the latest news and info related to the Garrison Girls and all we do to provide help for PTSD sufferers and their families.
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