A message from Ben Greer:
My name is Ben Greer and I am a former Chinook Crewman having served on 18 ( B ) Squadron at RAF Odiham. I did 6 tours of Afghanistan with some of the bravest men and women I have ever met.
One of our main roles in Afghanistan was to extract casualties from the front line. Many survived, many, have not.
Afghanistan has not left me yet, and as such I am walking 1 mile for every member of British Armed Service personnel to have died in Afghanistan since 2001. A total of 440 miles. I will walk 4.4 miles in 100 locations nationwide. I am doing this with the weight of a soldier in combat kit , 100kg, on my back to simulate casualty evacuation from the battlefield.
The aspiration is to walk the last mile from the cenotaph to Buckingham Palace on the weekend 20/21 July.
1. To create a focal point for the nation, to show those that have lost loved ones that the nation has not forgotten their eternal sacrifice. They can do this by walking with me, liking it on Facebook, retweeting, whatever money is not the primary aim.
2. To raise funds for SSAFA, RAF Benevolent Fund, Army Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy and Marines Charity and Help for Heroes so as they may support these families.
3. To show support and solidarity to our armed service personnel.
The Big Lift is NOT a morbid event. It is certainly NOT political and NOT pro war.
The Big Lift IS just pro showing those that are willing to go a step further that we appreciate it, simple!
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