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To day we held a really helpful conference on how the Army supports soldiers who are wounded, injured and sick. It was heartening to hear of the real progress being made in all areas. The part played by this charity, Help for Heroes, the British Legion and SSAFA. All very impressive.
Ambassador Louis Susman and his wife hosted a lovelyl reception for Soldier Ride last night in his residence, Winfield House. It was a great party and perhaps the most impressive and most pleasing was seeing the rapport between American and British at all levels. There was much laughter and the banter of a shared experience at two levels, that they were all wounded but also they had biked to gether through the streets, meadows and lanes of England. Although far from over it has been a very successful exercise. To day they finish the UK leg on Horse Guards at about 2.15 and BBC 6 o'clock News will be there to welcome them to London. Shown here is the coin/medal which the Wounded Warrior Project give to supporters, it has a powerful message and it is good to be working with them.
Well, I wonder if you knew that such a thing existed. Who’d have thought it? Anyway we the Soldiers’ Charity were the partners for the event in Leeds last week. It was an amazing affair. We organised a field kitchen and handed out 7000 curry samples, yes 7000! The Gurkha Chef, Sergeant Sange Tamang from the Gurkha Logistic Regiment played a blinder and did some cooking on the stage. Well over £5500 was raised in collections on the day quite apart from the contacts made.
The Barclaycard Global Payment Acceptance team reached Land’s End last Friday in blazing weather and this photo shows team leader for the final week, Dave Cookson, at Wyvern Barracks on a command task (although it looks as though he is raking the lawn!) Apparently the scenario was the team’s bikes had been stolen and they had to solve the mystery by following a trail of clues. What is great news is that they have raised over £102,000 to date in support of Individual Recovery Plans, which is well over twice their target. Brilliant stuff.