Help For Heroes Support

Chief Petty Officers Andy “Gibbo” Gibbs and Tyrone “Ty” Stock of the Royal Navy, and Colour Sergeant Royal Marines Andy “Crofty” Crofts walked from London to Cardiff with the match ball for the Wales v. England Six Nations fixture on the 6 th February 2015.

The walk raised over £6,692 and counting

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Over the past 6 years the Doing It For Heroes team has collected over £337,000 for Help for Heroes through a variety of ventures, including sponsored walks (across Scotland, around the Underground’s Circle line, plus carrying match balls for international games from London to Cardiff) and bucket collections at high-profile gigs and sporting events with significant help from charitable partners like Essex Auto Group. For this epic trek they were assisted by James “JC” Cameron-Wood, a veteran with 29 years Royal Navy service who is now a doorkeeper at the House of Lords, and Georgina Crumpton who works in Canary Wharf.

Last year Gibbo and JC met with Wales winger Alex Cuthbert who presented them with the Gilbert ball at the Millennium Stadium as the Welsh team conducted a final training session before their autumn international against New Zealand. Cuthbert said: “The Welsh Rugby Union are proud to once again be supporting Help for Heroes and Gibbo, Ty, Crofty and JC on the walk from London to Cardiff in 2015 for the RBS 6 Nations fixture. We wish them luck and hope they look after the ball for us.”

To follow the continuing adventures of Gilbert the match ball, keep an eye out for the hashtag #WheresGilbert!

The route was broken down into 8 daily parts covering the 189 miles. Starting from the RBS HQ in the City of London and heading to Heathrow on the 28 th January, they followed the route: Reading, Hungerford, Cricklade, Gloucester, Whitchurch and Newport. The final leg into Cardiff saw the team arrive at the stadium before Wales ran out for the Captains Run on the 5 th February.

Essex Auto Group are honoured to have been a sponsor of the Doing It For Heroes team for over 4 years, providing practical support vehicles such as the Ford Galaxy and SEAT Alhambra. Working with Andy Gibbs and his team has provided them with a wonderful opportunity to support a very worthwhile and deserving cause, whilst enjoying all the exposure and coverage the team attracts through their relentless fundraising activities.

We continually go the extra mile to help support H4H fundraising activities because we are driven by a debt of gratitude that we owe all the British Service men and women who selflessly protect us from the challenges thrown down by today’s world. We think it’s important, therefore, that we demonstrate our thanks by supporting those whose lives are compromised or affected by this selfless act.

Help for Heroes commented: “H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and the effort and commitment of Gibbo, and the DIFH team the last few years has been outstanding. Their latest challenge is a brilliant example of people taking on a challenge, rallying support and accomplishing something extraordinary while they raise money for a wonderful cause. We are incredibly grateful for their support and know this event will be as successful as all those previous endeavours.”