The Royal Marines will commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Corps’ Foundation on 28th October 2014 and to mark the occasion, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) have set a target of raising £6 million by that time to help Royal Marines who have been wounded or injured in Afghanistan and on other hazardous operations, B2B reports.
(4)GIB LAUNCH 7th Feb 13 In the past decade the Royal Marine Commandos have borne the brunt of continuous operational service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of these commitments has been severe in terms of amputation, blast injuries, gunshot wounds and post traumatic stress.
The RMCTF exists to provide swift and flexible responses to these outcomes of hard fought active service. Whilst there is active support from the major charities that work across the services, it is the RMCTF that gives Royal Marines the ready to hand resources that are sorely needed now for immediate and long-term rehabilitation and resettlement.
Former Royal Marine Alan Hardy aims to raise over £500,000 towards the RMCTF target by recruiting 350 UK fundraisers – one for each year of the Marine Corps’ history – to take on the famous GIBRALTAR Rock Run. The Rock Run tradition is well-known to Royal Marine and Royal Navy personnel who have spent time in Gibraltar over the past 50 years. The individual record for the 2.7 miles run is 17 minutes 29 seconds, held by a crew member of HMS Glasgow and the fastest team record is held by the Royal Marine Barracks in Poole, Dorset.
The Rock Run event will be one of the formal 350th Birthday Celebration Events for the Royal Marines and include a Birthday Celebration at the superb Rock Hotel, plus a Reception hosted by His Excellency the Governor for the top fundraisers and will culminate in a superb Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening in St Michael’s Cave.
Alan Hardy told B2B “as a 3rd generation Royal Marine in my family I am keen to support my ex-colleagues in whatever way I can and would ask that you join with me in giving every support to this challenge to help ensure the success of the Rock Run in raising funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund”. www.rmctf.org.uk