24 hour march for a military hospital
8:55am 12th December 2011
UK Counter Intelligence Section members from York will conduct a 24 hour long Tactical Advance to Battle (TAB) around Imphal Barracks, Fulford carrying 15 kilos of weight to raise money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Military Wing.
Staff Sergeant John Bassett, Lance Corporal Scott Atkin and Corporal Mike Thomas will set off at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2011 and finish at 5pm on Tuesday 13 December 2011 to coincide with deployed soldiers working times in Afghanistan. They will march 96 miles, (the equivalent of walking from Birmingham to Manchester) carrying an Army Fitness Test weight and rifle.
Military staff at the Army Barracks will take part in the event also, to collect funds for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the main receiving unit for all military patients injured overseas, and home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM). The centre brings together military and civilian trauma surgeons and scientists to share medical innovations and advances in battlefield treatment.
LCpl Atkin (24) from King's Lynn said:
“Armed forces personnel injured on operations deserve the very best medical care available. The treatment they receive at QEHB is first class, and they are cared for in an environment that’s conductive to their recovery.
“The hospital is under-funded and in need of financial support so all funds raised will go directly to QEHB so they can continue to provide the best possible treatment and after care to our injured Heroes returning from the front line.”
Cpl Thomas (27) from Manchester agreed:
“QEHB provides those added extras that make a huge difference to the lives of military patients and their families. We have raised £1500 so far but want to raise £4000 to purchase a low metal content scanner that detects shrapnel in the body. We hope people dig deep and donate to this worthy cause”.
For further information about this event or to donate money please click here.
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