Families of the Fallen is a new charity set up to deliver much-needed EXTRA financial help to the families of British servicemen and servicewomen killed in recent conflicts with the main emphasis on Afghanistan & Iraq. We specialise in areas of need which are not covered by the Ministry of Defence criteria or by grant-giving rules of the various Services' charities. Families of The Fallen will place special emphasis on the really fast distribution of money to families who have just been bereaved, making sure that their time of deepest grief is not compounded by financial worries. Families of the Fallen - Registered charity: 1134956
31 July 2016
I am fundraising as a personal challenge. My challenge is Trekking
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Annabelle Asher's fundraising page
Annabelle Asher's Pennine Way and Kilimanjaro
My name is Annabelle Asher, I was 11 on 21st February 2014, I love the Welsh Guards as I am three quarters Welsh and very proud of it. I want to be a Welsh Guard when I'm older and I am raising money for The Families of the Fallen Charity by doing what I love; walking long distances and pushing myself to the limit. In April 2012 I became the youngest person to walk the 102 mile Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath and in July 2013 I walked the 192 mile Wainwright Coast to Coast in 11 days on both occasions to raise money for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe who was a Welsh Guard and the highest ranking officer to lose his life in Afghanistan. You can read the Daily Mail article about my trek on the link below.
Lt Col. Thorneloe was a pupil at Cothill House Prep School near Abingdon where my Mummy and Daddy are both teachers. When he died, Cothill draped a Union Jack under his name on the board in the dining room where all Cothill boys past and present are listed. I wanted to know why the flag was there and when Mummy explained I decided to raise money to help the wounded servicemen and their families and those whose loved ones will not come back at all. At first I sold the eggs from my chickens but then I decided I wanted to set myself a real challenge.
I have always loved walking and had done the three peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis by the age of six and a half. My first walk, the Cotswold Way, was not as challenging as climbing mountains, but was harder in a different way. I did the Cotswold Way in five and a half days by walking up to 20 miles a day in the best and worst of British weather. On one day I had wonderful sunshine but on another I had driving rain, sleet and hail and I am not ashamed to say that I cried because I was so cold and wet but I never thought about giving up. My second challenge, the Coast to Coast, was very different as there were lots of high mountains to climb in the Lake District at the start of the walk and we walked in the heatwave at the start of July when the temperature rose to over 30 degrees which was very tough. On both trips I was walking with my Daddy and my border colllie, Izzy, and Mummy was our support group. On the Cotswold Way I also had my teddy, Rupert Bear, and on the C2C I had LCT Bear (Lieutenant Colonel Thorneloe Bear) who sat on top of my rucksack and kept me going when things got tough. We were camping at night which was fun, but very cold on the Cotswold Way as the temperature dropped below freezing and it was so, so hot on the Coast to Coast! The BEST bit about the C2C was that the Radio 4 Ramblings programme came to walk with me and they broadcast my show in October. Here is a link if you would like to listen.
My plan was to complete the Pennine Way, which is 268 miles from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, in a fortnight during my summer holidays in 2014, but sadly my Daddy who walks with me was waiting to go into hospital to have a new hip, so we are waiting until 2015 when he will be able to walk better. 2015 will also be the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the Welsh Guards so I want to do something special for them. In 2016 after I have done my Common Entrance exams I am going to trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa. I will do both these things with my Daddy and my new Welsh Guards teddies; Big Bill Mott Bear (named after Big Bill Franklin, a former Welsh Guard who follows and supports me every step of the way and Billy Mott, the highest non-commissioned officer in Britain who is a Welsh Guard and my hero) and WG Bear who was made for me by the Welsh Guards. All the money I raise will go directly to the Families of the Fallen charity now that the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal has been closed. I am doing this because Rupert Thorneloe's widow, Sally and Col. Tom Bonas of the Welsh Guards both support this charity. Any amount you can donate, however small, will be put to the best use to help those who have done so much for us by putting their lives at risk. I have raised over £12,500 from selling my eggs and doing my two walks, please help me to raise more. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH.
Joyce,Joy & Mike xx
17.02.15 In loving memory of your much loved grandma Noreen. We know she was very proud of you well done! Much love to you all xxx