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Thursday 20 February 2014

Help for Heroes Flies the Commonwealth Flag!

Posted by: Help For Heroes | Categories: General

‘History in the making’: 500 commonwealth flags are to be raised throughout the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man at 10am on Monday 10 March 2014, to mark Commonwealth Day and H4H will be right at the top (of Ben Nevis) raising our flag in support!  

For the first time ever, local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are taking part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth day.

This new, unique initiative, which has caught the imagination of thousands of participants, enables people in their local communities to become involved and join with others nationwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.

Help for Heroes ascent of Ben Nevis will be led by the ‘Summit for Heroes’ team – four guys including three single below-knee amputees who are training to climb Mount Everest. Joining the guys on this ascent will be six fundraisers who are undertaking two days of training with qualified mountain instructors prior to the climb so they are ready to join the Summit for Heroes team. Their ascent will start at 2am so that they reach the summit by 10am to link with all the other events across the country. Ben Nevis is the highest point in the UK at 1,344m – so the team will have to tackle snow and ice from about 600m!

Pete Bowker was a Lance Corporal in the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (Welsh Cavalry) for five years before being caught in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2008. He was medically discharged in 2013 following a single below-knee amputation and is now in training to climb Mount Everest and for the first unsupported crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap by an amputee.

Pete said “I am really looking forward to this next part of my rehabilitation and training as helping carry the Commonwealth flag to the top of Ben Nevis not only symbolises the unity of the Commonwealth but gives us a chance to reflect on what the Commonwealth has achieved since its beginnings.”

3 other charity teams will mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s three other highest National Peaks and are using the occasion to raise funds for their worthy causes: Cancer research UK – Scafell Pike, England; Walking with the wounded – Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields of Life – Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.

Commonwealth Flags will also be flown at many locations of special significance including the four capital cities of the UK, the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula,  the Hally V1 on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edwards Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.

“This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth”, said Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pagemaster and Originator of ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’.

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said:

“Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.”

If you like the look of this trip, why not check out our UK treks: Hadrian's Wall and South Downs?

To keep up to date with all the action and show some support, follow our team on twitter: @SummitforHeroes  or facebook: /SummitForHeroes or rally your local community and ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’!