15th December 2015
Local Hero at Buckingham Palace
- Author: Geoff Rehr
- Published: 5th November 2015
The Walk Of Britain ends with a Royal welcome at Buckingham Palace
After 72 days and a 1000 gruelling miles, local hero Alec Robotham and his five intrepid colleagues were given a Royal welcome by Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last Sunday. The prince is the patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity (WWTW) which organised the punishing 1000 mile trek around Britain. The walk started 2½ months ago in Scotland and weaved its way through the country taking in Scarfell Pike, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and of course, Clanfield.
Alec, who was born and raised in Clanfield said that the welcome they got from Harry was just typical of the man the prince is. “He is just one of the lads” Alec said. “He has a military background like all of us and so he enjoys the banter and understands soldiers’ dark humour. He gave us all a big hug when we arrived at Buckingham Palace and with the huge crowd showing their support it was a wonderful end to a really tough challenge.”
All six veterans, four British and 2 American suffered significant injuries whilst serving in Afghanistan. Alec was seriously injured by a suicide bomber in 2010 but thanks to the opportunity given to him by WWTW he has been able to put much of that behind him. “I started doing the walk for my own personal reasons” he said. “But now after everything that the six of us have been through together, I realise the significance of what we have done. We have helped to create an awareness of the difficulties wounded service personnel face when they leave the military. Many men and women find the transition fairly easy, but there are so many who need help, guidance and understanding to go on and lead happy, normal lives.”
Alec had to dig deep to keep up the determination to complete this arduous walk, but there was one motivating factor which trumped everything. “My Dad is bravely fighting cancer and my thoughts were with him every step of the way. He has gone through so much and shown so much determination over the past year, and so I wanted to do this for him too.”
Most people would think that Alec has now earned the right to take it easy for a few weeks. But this Marine is not ‘most people’. He is off to New York in a few days time to continue the fund raising effort with The Bob Woodruff Foundation (WWTW equivalent in America). After that he is hoping to join Team Rubicon, an American organisation which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in disaster situations. I have a feeling that this is not the last time Clanfield Online will be reporting on the achievements of this impressive young man.
If you would like to find out more about the Walking With The Wounded Charity and all their fundraising efforts then see www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk for more information.
For more take a look at this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Dzd7m3UkdSg
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