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Inspired by the bikers at Wootton Bassett and with close ties to the military, Convoy for Heroes is dedicated to fundraising for Help for Heroes, who in turn provide facilities and support services that benefit British servicemen and women injured in action.
Guinness World Record
In 2011, Convoy for Heroes’ plan was to beat the Guinness World Record originally set at 260 in April 2004 whilst raising valuable fund for Help for Heroes.
On a baking hot Easter weekend, using the Heritage Motor centre as a camping base and with the Jaguar Land Rover proving ground next door, Convoy for Heroes broke that World Record and a new annual event was born.
Convoy for Heroes held an annual event in 2012 & 2013 but unfortunately the weather on each occasion hampered any further world record attempts. Torrential rain (and the coldest Easter for 50 years) left all but the hardiest to camp and convoy in aid of Help for Heroes.
Fundraising efforts to date: £30000
Over these three years, Convoy for Heroes has raised around £30,000 for Help for Heroes. As all volunteers, not only do we organise our own annual event, we attend shows and events around the UK, raising the awareness for Help for Heroes.
Each and every member / organiser pay their own expense and entrance fees – even to attend our own Easter event – every penny counts. We have also been very privileged to have had a tour of the Recovery Centre at Tedworth House to see where the money is spent.
Easter 2014 Event – Land Rover Enthusiasts Needed!
We are hoping that this Easter – 18th to 21st April – will give us the ideal opportunity to attempt to break our own Guinness World Record at with our new centrally located venue:
Long Marston Airfield near Stratford on Avon.
In order to achieve this, we will need around 500 Land Rovers – anything born with the green (or more recently black) oval. We hope to have vehicles from across the entire marque from the earliest series to the latest Range Rovers and everything in between.
Arrangements for the 2014 event are well underway with clubs and individuals already booking their places, traders making arrangements and evening live entertainment being sorted out. Please click here to find out more information about taking part or of course, to book your place.
The camping/caravanning with toilets & hot showers area are all allocated, along with the caterers and plans for the convoy route (all on the private airfield). In addition, the necessary paperwork to cover the Health & Safety and the Guinness World Record Attempt is also in place.
Captain Tony Harris, Driver and founder of Race 2 Recovery, will this year will be starting our Convoy as well as giving a talk about the work Help for Heroes has done – and continues to do – and also his Dakar experience.
Along with the Parade of the Land Rovers, we will of course put on the usual Convoy favourites as well as new ideas like an Easter bonnet parade, children’s entertainment, easter egg scrambles (and, yes, we do have a ‘big kid’ version), an auction, a twilight tour, an impressive evening with fully illuminated Land Rovers, live music, licensed bar and film night!
Hopefully this give an idea of the kind of exciting, family weekend Convoy’s Easter event is; we look forward to welcoming you and to working together to support our truly invaluable Armed Forces.