Over the last 9 days, two Help for Heroes Band of Brothers have been travelling across 7 European countries, with 45 other teams, taking part in the Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally 'Final Mission'. During these 9 days they have visited many sights of the Allied Invasion of France in 1944, the WWI Western Front and spent a night in the company of the BBBR riders. On the night of Monday 15th June, Brendan Prudom and Curtis Pugh, alongside the rally organisers, spent time meeting all the riders who had departed from Paris that same day for the start of the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, and waved them off the following morning as they continued to cycle west along the Normandy Coast.
Brendan and Curtis, and all members of the rally crews, have visited many historic sights during their trip, including attending the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, and have visited many places that are not open to the public. On day 4 of their trip all the teams visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headquarters where all the headstones for the fallen Allied soldiers are carved and restored, giving those who paid the ultimate price the resting place they so fully deserve. During the visit the rally organisers, Keith Bowen and his son Tim Price-Bowen, were presented with a plaque carved from the very same stone as the headstones to celebrate raising £1million for Help for Heroes.
The rally hasnt just solely been about historical visits, museums and ceremonies, the guys have also had the opportunity to take their Discovery 4 (which was kindly donated by Jaguar Land Rover for the duration of their trip) off roading!! The 'Disco' may have been in the wars slightly (expensive wing mirrors Vs a tree caused the guys a slight moment of worry) but all told it has been a luxurious and noble steed. However, this isn't the only vehicle Brendan and Curtis have got their hands on during their trip; during a visit to Bastogne Barracks they were given the opportunity to man something slightly larger. As a special treat for our Band of Brothers the Barracks took the guys for a spin in a Leopard Recovery Vehicle.
Brendan and Curtis still have 4 days of their journey to go, and still have many historic and iconic sights to visit on their way towards the Eagles Nest in Bavaria. During their trip they have completed daily video blogs to tell the story of their trip in their own words, and these can be followed on their official 'Team Tank' facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/H4HTeamTank?fref=ts
To donate towards Brendan and Curtis' fundraising visit their bmycharity page: https://www.bmycharity.com/BrendanPrudomCurtisPugh