Royal Signals Benevolent Fund - https://www.justgiving.com/NorthPoleLastTwoDegreesRSBF
Walking with the Wounded - https://www.justgiving.com/NorthPoleLastTwoDegreesWwtW
As you can see, there are already a couple of donations courtesy of a work colleague and a friend. Still a long way to go before we hit the targets, but it's still early days.
I am happy? Yes, and no. So far I've notified several hundred people of the trek and the reasons why. The responses have been a little lacklustre - maybe I'm expecting too much too soon - and I'm hoping the donations will increase dramatically closer to the event. But, what did surprise me was the generosity of people who have never met me before and are prepared to take me at my word. I'll explain.
Yesterday, Sunday 23rd August 2015, I decided to get a couple of hours training in on the Chiltern Hills. Dressed in my walking gear, I drove up to Beacon Hill, unloaded my makeshift pulk and set off for a planned 10km training session. Whilst climbing one of the gentler hills I ran into an older couple who were enjoying the views. You can imagine the looks of surprise as I traveled huffing and sweating past them.
Their interest piqued, they inquired as to why I was voluntarily torturing myself on such a beautiful day. Long story short, I gave them a brief outline of the plan of next years trek. Imagine my surprise when the lady reached into her pocket and pulled out the last of her money (she'd been saving it to buy an ice cream for her and hubby) and asked me to donate it Diana Award
The sum wasn't huge, but the gesture was significant. They don't know me, but they trust me. The lady and her husband declined to leave their names and set off down the hill. I don't know who they are or where they went. I sincerely hope they read this post and get in touch with me.
In the meantime, I'll be donating the money to Diana Award.
Strange how you find kindness in the most unusual places.