Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self belief on adventurous events and expeditions.
WW1-100 will be a long-distance relay walk around the coastline of mainland Britain which will start from the Tyne Cot War Cemetery at Ypres Belgium.
Next Thursday here on One 2 Three I’ll be talking to Billy MacCleod – Chief Operations Officer for Veterans In Action about the walk.
At 8am on Monday the 28th of April the team will walk from the Tyne Cot War Cemetery to the Menin Gate in Ypres carrying the different event flags including the Belgian National Flag.
The relay walk will then begin with 2 members of the team carrying the event flag and Belgian National Flag. These walkers will be changed around every 9 miles.
The walk will continue, crossing the border into France where the Belgian National Flag will be changed for the French National Flag and will continue to Calais, to arrive on the morning of Tuesday the 29th of April.
The team will then cross the English Channel to Dover on the Tuesday morning where the French National Flag will be changed for the Union Flag.
The relay walk will then continue with the flags following the Kent coastline and then onto the Boroughs of London fundraising in every town the team passes through. The walkers will arrive at the Army v Navy annual Rugby Match at Twickenham stadium on the 3rd May.
At 9am on Monday 5th May the team will set off from Twickenham Stadium and travel through London and down the Mall before walking down Whitehall stopping for a moment of Remembrance at the Great War Memorial and lay a wreath. It is hoped that the Prime Minister or Mayor of London will set the team off to walk around the coastline of mainland Britain.
The team will move off from London heading for the Essex coast and will travel anti-clockwise around Britain on an approximate 4,000 mile walk. This will be completed over 100 days arriving back in Whitehall on the 4th August. They will continue on to Westminster Abbey where a vigil will be held at 11pm. 100 years to the minute when Britain declared war on Germany.
The VIA Walking Team will pass through over 700 villages, towns and cities en-route including Brentwood and Billericay and will be seen by millions of people throughout the 4,000 mile walk.
The aim is to raise £3 Million which equates to £1 for each British and Commonwealth service person from WW1 who were killed or wounded. The funds raised will enable VIA to continue to deliver and develop their unique ALIVE Program.
So be sure not to miss next Thursday’s One 2 Three when I’ll be talking to Billy MacCleod – Chief Operations Officer for Veterans In Action about the walk.