This year is the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, and one of our fundraisers wanted to do something special to honour and remember those we lost.
Rachel Webster, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Bosnia, is a keen runner who often pushes herself to the limits when it comes to fundraising. Combining her passion with her personal story, Rachel has decided to run 258 miles over a number of days in May. There were 255 Members of the Task Force and 3 Falkland Islanders killed during the conflict, making a total of 258 British Lives lost.
Rachel has been planning this with her good friend, Bob Darby, whom she met a couple of years ago at a veterans event. Bob is a veteran of the Falklands Campaign having served with 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment. An avid supporter of fundraising for The Not Forgotten he took veterans on a trip down south in 2018. He is providing logistical and moral support for Rachel in her endeavour.
When asked why she chose to fundraise for The Not Forgotten, Rachel said charity is one that “has supported many veterans directly impacted by the Falklands conflict. I wanted to help raise vital funds to enable the charity to carry on supporting those in need.” Rachel has also decided that 10% of funds raised will go towards the Royal Hospital Chelsea, another organisation close to her heart.
This is no easy feat, and Rachel has been posting regular updates on her official Facebook page, which you can find here. Please do feel free to give the page a like and follow Rachel on this unforgettable journey. When asked about how training has been going, Rachel added that she is “stepping up the training and increasing the mileage! It means I can eat more cake!!”
You can also donate to this fundraising challenge by clicking here.
Good luck to Rachel and Bob, we’ll have a cake waiting in the office for you at the end of your challenge!