Driving through 10 countries in 10 days is no mean feat, especially during this summer’s heatwave, so Briggs Defence was delighted to support Rally for Heroes and raise over £140,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
The specialist division of engineering services, asset management and equipment supply company Briggs Equipment is committed to supporting the military community and was both a team and main event sponsor of the 2018 Rally. This year’s event generated £140,235, easily exceeding the fundraising target.
Gary Clements of Briggs Defence said: “Rally for Heroes really is an epic undertaking. Organising some 60 vehicles and more than a hundred people takes a lot of hard work and all the participants are volunteers who fund the trip themselves, so we’re delighted that this year’s event was another record-breaker.”
The teams set off from London’s Horse Guards Parade on August 2 and travelled 3,000 miles (5,000 km) through France, Switzerland, Italy, Venice, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg before returning to the UK. Every five miles of the route is driven in memory of a serviceman or woman who has died in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict.
This year the Rally included a special stop at the Los Rosales Center for children and young people with special needs in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where each team handed over a shoebox filled with crayons, paper, colouring books and teddy bears.
Briggs Defence’s contract development manager Jamie Secker, who was the co-driver of his company’s team, said: “Rally for Heroes was the most amazing experience. We struggled at times in the intense heat, but the scenery was stunning and everywhere we went the locals were genuinely interested in us and supportive of what we were trying to achieve. The warm welcome we received at the orphanage in Sarajevo was a highlight of the trip.”
Rally for Heroes is a biennial event and has raised in excess of £525,000 for British military charities since 2010.
SSAFA has been supporting serving Regulars and Reserves and veterans of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force since 1885 and Rally for Heroes is its biggest single fundraising initiative.