Having successfully completed two previous Challenges, the members of the Body Guard are now planning their Challenge for 2018 which will be to walk close to 100 miles in just two days taking in sections of the Shropshire Way, the Millennium Way and Staffordshire Way.
Starting in Ironbridge, the route will take them west before heading north then east to complete the route in Burton-on-Trent.
The aim is to raise funds to enable the Province to once again send two St John Ambulance Cadets to visit the Eye Hospital and experience first-hand how the teams out there operate. To ensure this happens, the Body Guard are looking to raise more than £8,000 to cover the costs of the two Cadets and ensure they can provide a donation to the Hospital during their stay.
Body Guard Commander, E Kt Ralph Ritchey said, “We have successfully ensured on a previous occasion the Province could support this and we feel this time around will be no less important. It offers the successful Cadets an exciting opportunity to develop their skills – both within the Service and in life generally”
Provincial Prior, R E Kt D Gary Read KCT commented “I was very proud of the Province supporting this initiative in 2014 and hope very much you will get behind the Body Guard once again to support this very worthwhile event. We have seen the original two Cadets from 2014 extend their leadership within the St John Ambulance Service as now senior members of the service.”
The aim will be to promote a competition within the Staffordshire and Shropshire Branches of the Service with the top 5 Cadets being selected for a panel interview led by the Provincial Prior and Sub Prior, with the two successful candidates going to Jerusalem in May 2018.
For the walk, members of the Province will be invited to join the Body Guard over set sectors of the route, with the Body Guard support team returning members to their start point.
To support this event, the Body Guard will be circulating sponsor forms and selling their now famous commemorative lapel badges as they travel around the Province. The sponsor forms will be circulated to each Preceptory and applications for the lapel badges can be sent to Bro Kt Paul Molley, the Body Guard Registrar costing £5 including return first class postage using: firstname.lastname@example.org