Graeme Barlow, an army veteran and now the boss of a trailer company in Leyland, plans to climb to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro this month (September) to help raise money for The Not Forgotten Association.
Former military personnel currently looking for jobs after the army may well have already come across this particular charity before. Established in 1920, it was formed to give “comfort, cheer and entertainment” to those wounded during the first world war and now supports approximately 10,000 men and women each year.
Mr Barlow has already climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, raising £20,000 back in 2011, according to the Chorley Guardian, but back then he went on his own. Now, he’s going as part of a support team to help ten men and women from the Armed Forces, including some with sight and brain injuries, and amputations, make their way to the summit.
“It’s now over 20 years since I came out of the army and I’m not in peak condition but since January I’ve been training by getting up at 6am every morning and running three miles. But I know it will be a really tough challenge,” Mr Barlow told the news source.
The Not Forgotten Association itself organises an interesting programme of events throughout the year, from holidays to Majorca to concerts, garden parties and tea parties, while also providing TV licences and televisions to servicemen and women.
You can lend your support to the group by using the Banker’s Order Form or Donation Form on their site if you’d like to give them some money to help them further their cause.