May 2016: The Great Yomp

 

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We have entered the world of extreme challenges and are looking for eight physically and mentally tough participants to “Yomp” the 100 miles of the South Downs Way non-stop in May 2016!

If you’d like to take part you will be following in the footsteps of the Royal Marines WAGs after being gifted eight entries into the www.since1664.com “The Great Yomp” which appeared on National TV recently.

This annual challenge, run on behalf of The Royal Marines Charity by Robin Hollington, is open to other charities by arrangement. Robin is a director of Number 300 Ltd, which is a fundraising organization named in memory of his son Richard who was the 300th UK casualty of military operations in Afghanistan. Entries for ‘The Rosemary Eight’ have been gifted by Clive Waller of CWC Research in memory of his wife Monica who was cared for by the RF earlier this year.

Clive, who, with Monica, is a long term supporter and fundraiser in Richard’s memory says “Monica was such a brilliant and enthusiastic partner in life and co-director in business before her illness. I will always appreciate the dedication and care offered by The Rosemary Foundation when she needed it, often in the middle of the night. Providing Yomp places for them will multiply the effect of my support as well as boosting the scale of the Since 1664 Yomp”.

Jeremy Mitchell, of The Rosemary Foundation, says “It is a very kind and clever donation from Clive and enables us to raise eight times his original donation. All we need do now is find 8 willing volunteers to undertake such an extreme challenge on our behalf and I would ask anyone who thinks they are up for this to get in touch”.

Robin Hollington goes on; “Monica was a lovely person who with Clive was a long term supporter of our fundraising efforts in memory of my son, so there was not a moment’s hesitation in doing something in Monica’s memory for The Rosemary Foundation when Clive asked. Potential Yompers need to be aware that this extreme challenge is the equivalent of climbing 40% of Mount Everest while walking 100 miles over 36 hours. Every serving or former Royal Marine who has done this agrees it is as tough as any of the Commando Tests. One of last year’s finishers said he would rather re-do all the commando tests that this yomp again!! I urge any potential Yomper to give this serious thought and if you are still interested to get in touch with The Rosemary Foundation for details.”

For more information on The Great Yomp see Forces TV.

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