Going the extra mile for the Brain Tumour Charity, 4MI help outgoing Mayor Cllr Margaret Rose raise funds for her charity
Tomorrow, Saturday 14 May, in the car park behind Waitrose, soldiers from the 4th Military Intelligence Battalion will finish the distance they have been cycling and rowing at Bulford Barracks for the last few weeks. At the end of it all they will have reached the 3680 miles between Marlborough and Gunjur in The Gambia, a really important destination in terms of the town’s links through the Marlborough Brandt Group, and they’re taking on this challenge for the Brain Tumour Charity.
The battalion has already covered most of those miles during organised physical training sessions and it’s the final 480 miles which, hopefully, will be reached on Saturday when soldiers will hoping to make it to their fictional finish line.
There’s a chance for everyone to join in and help raise funds. Static bikes and rowers will be brought along so anyone can contribute a mile towards reaching the destination. It’s hoped that as many people as possible can spare the time to do this on Saturday. If not, everyone is invited to stop by to show their support for the challenge and the Brain Tumour Charity.
Captain Micky Yendell, who thought of the original idea said: “About 4 months ago Commanding Officer, Col M Jones, MBE asked me if I could come up with an idea to support the Town Mayor, Councillor Margaret Rose, in raising funds for the Brain Tumour Charity. Having spoken to a few of the guys and girls within the Battalion, it became apparent that they all wanted to complete a physically demanding challenge. In doing so, they wanted to raise awareness and, of course, money for the charity. Then, about 6 weeks ago, one of our own, Becky Oriordan, was very sadly and suddenly struck down with a brain injury. This very sad event made the challenge all the more personal for us as a battalion. We’re hoping that as many people as possible can come along to support us.”
Over the last year, soldiers have joined collections in the High Street and raised money through a charity football match and now this very personal effort will help boost the impressive £11,500 already collected by Councillor Rose during her term of office.
Councillor Margaret Rose said: “The soldiers from 4MI have given me so much support and I am delighted that this clever idea to raise further money for the charity will be the culmination of our fundraising. I cannot thank them enough. We are very fortunate to be linked with a battalion which clearly values its links with Marlborough. I do hope that lots of people will come along to support the challenge and help support our soldiers in clocking up their final miles.”
The event starts at 10am in the car park behind Waitrose and runs to 2pm.