Weymouth Welcomes Helicopter Pilot On National Charity Walk
8:04am 9th June 2013
He flew Chinook Helicopters evacuating casualties from the field and served 6 tours of Afghanistan - but now Ben Greer is taking on a very different challenge.
He's coming to Weymouth today (9th June) as part of a mission to walk a mile for every British Service person to have died in Afghanistan in the current conflict.
That's 440 miles - all with the weight of a combat solder on his back.
Weymouth was home to Royal Marine James Wright who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 at the age of just 22.
The Big Lift has the following aims:
1: To create a focal point for the nation to show solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones. This can be by donating to the charities we are raising money for, walking a mile or more with the team or simply liking the event on Facebook or basically anything that will show support for the cause. Every little bit of support will count for something and will add to the overall effect of the event.
2: To raise funds for the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Marines Benevolent funds, SSAFA and Help for Heroes too. These charities provide assistance to the families that have lost loved ones, whether that be by providing much needed money as soon as the family is told that they have lost a member or assisting with accommodation amongst a host of other things. Help for Heroes also provides support for injured troops coming back from the frontline in all sorts of ways.
3: To show support for our armed service personnel.
The Big Lift will be a national event, we have active Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels which are regularly updated. We are relying heavily on donations and sponsorship from all over the country and hope to raise in excess of £100,000.00 for our nominated charities.
We hope that all local press will come along to our walks and get involved as much as possible. We have already generated a huge amount of support from local businesses, groups and individuals and hope to make a real impact in every town we visit.
Interested parties should visit our website at www.thebiglift.co.uk for more information, locations, dates, fundraising totals and for how to get involved. We look forward to meeting you all as we visit your town.