ABF The Soldiers' Charity
ABF The Soldiers' Charity
6-20 Elizabeth Street
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the official charity of the British Army and we exist to support all soldiers, veterans and their families.
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Ancestry.co.uk Frontline Walk in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity
- 15 — 19 October 2014
Over 8.5 million people across the world died in the First World War, which is an incredible figure, and sometimes difficult to comprehend. Only by seeing the memorials will you be able to really grasp the sheer scope of this war, as the sites commemorate not only French, British and German soldiers, but also the many nations from the Commonwealth, Russia, the US and the rest of Europe who fought alongside each other.
The walk will take place in October 15-19 this year and will follow the Frontline across France and Belgium. We hope it will encourage participants and the general public to discover more about the roles their ancestors played in the First World War and understand some of the sacrifices made by the heroes in their own family.
You will pass through many famous battle sites across France and Belgium, such as Thiepval, Vimy, the German Cemetery at Neuiville Saint Vaast, and Notre-Dame de Lorette, which is the largest French Memorial. There will be a talk each evening from a WWI historian.
The challenge ends with a moving visit to Ypres and the ceremony of the last-post, on the 18th October 2014, 100 years on from the Battle of Ypres.
We are looking to recruit a walker for each of the regiments that fought in World War One. You could walk for your father or grandfathers regiment, or your home town regiment, and raise vital funds to ensure today’s soldiers, former soldiers and their families receive the support they need.
Wellington Barracks (start and end)
It costs £150 to sign up, and we ask each participant to fundraise £1,600 each.
SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time only the minimum sponsorship has been reduced to £1,200!
£999 of this will ideally have been raised by 15th September 2014.
Your sponsorship and registration fee will cover the costs of a return ferry from Dover-Calais, all coach transfers, hotel accommodation (3* hotels with twin rooms and ensuite bathrooms), expedition leaders and full support team, relevant back-up vehicles, group first aid supplies, breakfast, lunch and dinner from the time that the challenge begins, and water on trekking days, a charity challenge t-shirt, and discount from various outdoor stores for personal equipment.