Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Materials Handling Group Backs UK Armed Forces Family Charity in European Rally

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UK – Once again Briggs Defence, part of the materials handling group Briggs Equipment, has stepped up to support Britain's bereaved and injured service families with sponsorship of this year's 'Rally for Heroes' as it did back in 2016. As well as its event sponsorship, the specialist division of the asset management and engineering services provider is entering a team in this year's Rally and the company would welcome sponsorship from any interested sources.

The aim of the Rally is to bring in £150,000 for SSAFA, the armed forces charity formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. Since its inception in 2010, Rally for Heroes has raised in excess of £384,000 for British military charities, including Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and SSAFA and this year Rally for Heroes takes place from August 2-11 when the cars will set off from Horse Guards Parade in London. Taking in some of Europe's most picturesque scenery, the 50 teams participating in the fully subscribed event will follow a set route through no less than 10 countries.

On the first day the teams will cross the Channel to France and then make their way to Switzerland, heading through the mountain passes to Italy. Day 4 is the drive south to Venice before the cars turn east into Slovenia, a first for Rally for Heroes, and then head south along the coastal roads of Croatia. The route for day 6 is Croatia to Bosnia, after which the teams drive north through Austria to Germany. Day 9 will see the teams make their way along the autobahns to Luxembourg before embarking on the final leg to the finish back in the UK.

Every five miles of the Rally represents the life of a serviceman or woman who has died in combat since the start of the Afghanistan conflict. This is especially important for SSAFA, which provides specialist support to hundreds of families scarred by recent conflicts, including Afghanistan. Briggs Defence's contract development manager Jamie Secker is co-pilot to Brigadier Simon Hutchings, who has already completed two Rallies and this year gets behind the wheel of a Caterham CSR 260. Jamie said:

"This challenge is going to be an amazing experience, with no creature comforts as those familiar with a Caterham CSR will fully appreciate, and it's all in a great cause. We're really committed to achieving the Rally's overall target of £150,000 for chosen charity SSAFA, which provides lifelong support to servicemen and women and their families and works with veterans of all ages to help them settle into life outside the Armed Forces."

The Rally is the biggest single source of funds for the SSAFA as pointed out by Gary Clements of Briggs Defence and anyone interested in supporting the Briggs Defence team in Rally for Heroes can donate HERE.