Simon Greaves, Hampshire ambassador for War Horse Memorial, has come up with a novel way to raise money for our Animal Purple Poppy Fund which means you don’t have to live in his beautiful village of Little London to take part. You can join his organised event in Pamber Forest on August 28 between 11am and 2pm and walk the 5km route between Arthur’s Memorial and the Beacon. Or you can sign up for a virtual event, and go on a walk, run, ride or even a swim. Whatever takes your fancy. Location, distance and time is up to you. Entry fee either way is £10 for adults and £5 for children between the ages of six and 16. Younger children can join free. Every entrant gets a stylish War Horse silhouette medal.
Arthur the War Horse (above) stands outside the Plough Inn, and was unveiled by Cliff Butler and two of his grandchildren, Caleb and Ezra Butler-Grant, in August 2018. Cliff is the grandson of Private Arthur Pearce, a regular soldier in the Royal Berkshire Regiment at the onset of the Great War. The Regiment was part of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the Western Front. Arthur was 27 when he was killed, possibly by a sniper, early in the conflict sometime around the Battle of Mons, and is buried at Ypres. The memorial is dedicated to his memory.
Simon explained: “During these challenging times it’s been difficult to get out and about to fundraise, so this seemed a great way to keep people fit and safe, and support such a worthwhile cause. My idea was to keep it as simple as possible, with people able to choose how they get involved. There’s a special medal for everyone who registers and, of course, the knowledge that they will be helping animals in need.”
For more details and to register for the walk click this link: www.arthurthewarhorse.co.uk/events