Last week, OT spoke to Halewood Armed Forces’ Network lead, Mike Burton, who had started his epic eleven day fundraising challenge, which will complete this Wednesday to mark Armistice Day.
Since 1 November, Mike has been walking 11 kilometres, for 11 consecutive days wearing an 11 kilogram weights vest to mark the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, when World War I ended.
However Mike has not been doing his mission alone. Like comrades in arms, he has been joined by fellow Armed Forces’ Network teammates, Greg Everett and Tim Shaughnessey, who have been completing their own challenge to help raise money for the team’s two chosen Armed Forces charities.
Greg, who is an engineer in Plant Quality, has been cycling 33 kilometres a day as well as throwing in 111 sit-ups and 111 press ups for good measure!
Greg said: “I do a fair bit of cycling anyway but not day in and day out like this! I’m doing all the cycling on a virtual smart trainer which means I don’t have to brave the bad weather but it’s been tough going.
“I’m starting to feel a bit sore now but am glad that we have come together as a team to do something to mark Armistice Day and raise money for The Royal British Legion and Mission Motorsport at the same time. These charities have been hard hit by the impact of Coronavirus and really need our support.”
Tim Shaughnessey, a Group Leader in Trim & Final said: “I’m walking 11 kilometres a day for 11 days and the intention is that by the end of the challenge, I will be able to jog the 11 kilometres- so it’s a personal challenge for me as well!
“I’ve been taking my Springer Spaniel, Alec, with me for company who has been enjoying all the rain and mud we have had recently- me not so much!
“I served in the Cheshire regiment of the Army for nine years, so I’ve seen first-hand what these charities can do for veterans so I’m so glad I can help to make a difference.”
Mike, Greg and Tim are raising money for The Royal British Legion and Mission Motorsport. Mission Motorsport is a charity which helps aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of veterans by providing opportunities through motorsport and the automotive industry.
The team has two days left of their challenge so there is still time to donate which you can do by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page here.