The HELP for HEROES 4×4 EUROPEAN RALLY have announced that the 2012 event has raised a massive £192,341 for the charity (£209,285 including Gift Aid). This brings the overall amount raised by the rally since 2010 to £474,072! (£522,783 including Gift Aid!)
Tim Price-Bowen, one of the organisers, said ‘I have nothing but praise for the efforts of the 42 crews that took part in the 2012 challenge and for the Great British public’s generosity in supporting the Help for Heroes charity. £192,000 is a truly awesome sum. It is also poignant that this year’s rally was won by a serving soldier who will soon be deployed to Afghanistan’.
The rally, run since 2010, follows the path and tell the story of the 1944/5 Allied Invasion through Europe.
The Allied Forces landed in France early on D-Day morning – 6th June 1944 and The Help for Heroes 4×4 European Rally retraces much of that route.
Application can now be made to take part in the 2013 event which will take place from 15th – 27th June.
Starting from Littlecote House Hotel, Wiltshire, it will be a 2000+ mile adventure through Europe over 12 days. This non-speed touring assembly of 4x4s will be crewed by serving and ex-military personnel, as well as civilians and families with children. It is part military history tour (including museums etc) plus some fun activities, part off-road driving and part club-type social, and open to road-legal 4×4 vehicles.
After using byways on Salisbury Plain and visiting some MOD installations, the rally travels to Portsmouth to embark on the ferry to France. In addition to visiting WWII historical areas in Normandy, the H4H 4×4 Rally route will take in the WWI battlefields of the Somme and Ypres. It will then visit Arnhem in Holland for the history of ‘Operation Market Garden’ before heading south to Bastogne in Belgium where the Germans made a final push – the famous ‘Battle of the Bulge’.
After visiting the Alsace region of France and the Maginot Line of WW1, the route journeys into Germany and on to Dachau; with its horrors of war. The event will conclude after visiting Hitler’s “impenetrable” Eagle’s Nest high in the Alps at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria 12 days later.