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Land Rover Convoy Hope to Break Another World RecordPosted on: January 24, 2013 by megan
Convoy for Heroes is a not for profit organisation, dedicated to raising money for Help for Heroes. They run an annual Convoy of Land Rovers, with the aim of having plenty of fun, meeting new friends, and most importantly raising money for a good cause.
Born from the tribute shown by 10,000 bikers who rode through Wootton Bassett as a show of support to our troops, a group of Land Rover enthusiasts wondered what they could do to show their support. In their first year, 2011, Convoy for Heroes attempted and succeeded in breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest Convoy of Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles with 348 vehicles at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.
Although the site was perfect, the event had outgrown the camping facilities and a new ‘home’ was sought for 2012. Prestwold Hall has its own disused 2nd world war Airfield which is adjacent to a camping area, so it was a perfect choice. With the help of Loughborough Land Rover Club, many volunteers and marshals, Convoy for Heroes 2012 took place at Prestwold Hall over the Easter bank holiday. Despite the appalling weather and horrendous mud, a fantastic time was had by all.
“Although we didn’t break our own record, the sight of 319 Land Rovers in convoy on the airfield was spectacular.” Says Denise, one of Convoy For Heroes’ organisers.
“This year, Convoy for Heroes is striving to beat its own Guinness World Record, by aiming to get 500 Land Rovers in convoy. For this year we have a ‘Twilight Tour’, live bands, even tables and chairs, as well as our favourites: children’s entertainment and our infamous Easter egg scrambles. The Convoy of Land Rovers is in honour of our Armed Forces, and will take place on Easter Sunday.”
Convoy for Heroes attend as many Land Rover events as they can and their name is spreading far and wide. All of the people who represent Convoy, wherever and whenever, give their time and support freely and are extremely proud of their achievements.
In September, Help for Heroes invited some of Convoys’ organisers to Tedworth House, their flagship Rehabilitation centre in Tidworth, Wiltshire. Denise tells me about their day:
“It was an extremely emotive visit, and after a welcoming talk by Major Peter Smith, Officer in Charge, we were shown around the facilities. The house is still being renovated to adapt to its use, but the whole building is being tastefully restored and thoughtfully furnished. It was a great honour to be shown how and where our fund-raising achievements are being used, and to meet a few of the ‘blokes’ that were there at the time.”
Tedworth House is a secure, safe place for the residents to heal and receive the confidence to re-join everyday life. The money that has been raised through Convoy for Heroes is exceptionally well-spent.
During the course of the last two years, Convoy for Heroes has raised £25,000 for Help for Heroes and hope to raise even more this year! The 2013 Convoy is on March 29th /April 1st at Prestwold in Leicestershire. We wish the team all the best for their next Convoy, and Allmakes 4×4 may even get involved this time! Heres to another Guinness World Record being broken, fingers crossed!
Visit www.convoy4heroes.org.uk for more information.
Here is a clip from the 2012 Convoy below!
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