Trailwalker 2014 – Gurkha Bhuros

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We are all privileged to have served in The Brigade of Gurkhas throughout our military careers.    When we joined our Regiments we made a compact with our soldiers that we would support each-other to the best of our abilities, and we now reaffirm our determination to help any of our retired soldiers that need support, anywhere and at anytime.   None of us is in any doubt as to the huge debt of honour that we, as a nation, owe these magnificent warriors from Nepal – fearless in war, strong in adversity, and the staunchest and most loyal of friends.

Several of us are, or have been, Trustees of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, and we all support it unreservedly.   This charity makes a huge difference to the lives of our retired soldiers and to their communities, and it ensures that our old soldiers live out their lives in safety, good health and with their pride undiminished: it is the very least that we can do.

We four – “The Gurkha Bhuros” (the old Gurkha men!)  – have joined forces for the fifth successive year to raise funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.   In the previous four years we have raised over £24,000 thanks to people like you and we are incredibly grateful – please continue to support us, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, and our old soldiers.

Trailwalker 2014 is no simple walk, but rather a very hard 100 km (62.5 Miles) non-stop team challenge across the hilly  South Downs that must be completed in less than 30 hrs: it takes place on 26/27 July 2014.    It is very demanding for fit young people, let alone us somewhat more mature fellows, and we will suffer, but for the very worthy cause.  Please make it worthwhile – support us by giving what you can.    Our Gurkha soldiers have fought for – and died for – this nation since 1815.   We cannot ever repay their sacrifices, but we can help those of our retired soldiers who need help to live out their lives in dignity.

Team Members.

  • John Anderson.  John, 68, served in The Brigade of Gurkhas from 1966 to 2000, commanding 6th QEO Gurkha Rifles from 1985 to 1988.   He is Chairman of the Gurkha Brigade Association, President of his Regimental Association and a Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, as well as being involved with several other Regimental and Gurkha charities.  This is his fifth consecutive year as part of the Gurkha Bhuros team.
  • Ian Rigden.  Ian, 51, is a serving officer and has in the past served as Colonel, The Brigade of Gurkhas. He was commissioned into 2 King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles in 1982 and commanded 2 Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles in Brunei and Afghanistan.   Ian thrives on physical challenges – he completed the Marathon Des Sables in 2004 with his wife Zoe and he has competed in the Hong Kong Marathon, the Great London Swim and other challenge events.  He has done Trailwalker six times (with a best time of 17hrs 50mins) and this is his fourth year with the Gurkha Bhuros.
  • Dan Rex.  Dan, 42, is a serving officer currently based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into 10 Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles in 1993 and has commanded Gurkhas on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.   From 2010 to 2012 he served as Equerry to HM The Queen.    He is Chairman of the Royal Gurkha Rifles Association. This is his first year with the Gurkha Bhuros.
  • Yam Rana.  Yam, 50, is a serving officer currently based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He joined The Brigade of Gurkhas in 1983 and served with 2 King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles and then the Royal Gurkha Rifles.   He has been on operational service in numerous theatres and worked alongside Prince Harry in Afghanistan before serving as Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officer to HM The Queen from Jul 2008 – Jul 09.    He is Ex- Officio Trustee for the Gurkha Museum. This is his first year with the Gurkha Bhuros.

………and we could not even begin to do this without a fantastic Support Team, supplied as always by the Gurkha Welfare Advice Centre in Salisbury and Aldershot.