Because of the COVID-19 crisis out fundraising capability had ceased. No one was running model shows anymore and so our collection tins across the nation were not being filled. The generous donations from the Great British public is what keeps us going. The need for our service had increased also with our most vulnerable unable to leave their homes. Hearing about this un tenable situation one of our volunteers – Clive Osbaldeston stepped up and decided to organise a campaign to raise some funds.
Clive, a soldier in the Royal Artillery gathered his colleagues and friends from 4, 32, 47 and 106 Regiment Royal Artillery, Salisbury Model Centre staff and other M4H Volunteers. Together they decided to CYCLE, WHEEL, ROW, JOG, WALK, and STEP CLIMB the distance between Basra in Iraq and Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan. A distance of 1,389 miles.
Between 30th April and 3rd of May 2020 – 70 supporters began to record heir exercise and donors began to support them with funds using a JustGiving page. The response was simply amazing! Not only did they raise £2,361 with 137 people supporting but they smashed their total distance. Lashkar Gah was passed by 478 miles, able to get all the way to Kabul and beyond.
Everyone was asked to make a video of their exercise by saying to camera “Im Keeping Calm and Keeping Step for Models for Heroes” Each day a video was made with the clips. This video is a collection of all 4 days. WELL DONE to everyone who took part, donated and ave what they could in terms of sweat to make this little event work.
Without the support from you, we would be unable to provide the support to our most vulnerable at this time. Thank you for everyone at Models for Heroes.