Charity Drive 2022
On 1st June 2022 we will be travelling on a 3 week journey from MOD St Athan near Cardiff to Hampton Court Palace near London by Shire horse and carriage.
The team consists of Millie and Willam the two Shire horses, Boo Boo Beithe the dog plus myself, Jamie, as the coachman and Nigel, the carriage groom.
We are raising money for Police Care UK, The Royal Air Forces Association and The Shire Horse Society.
I support these charities because my brother was injured whilst on duty as a serving Police Officer and died 14 years later having never recovered consciousness. The police charity and support network looked after him and his family throughout this time.
My grandfather served as aircrew in WWI and survived. He served in the RAF during WWII. My father was a fighter pilot (De Havilland Venom) in the RAF, transitioned to bombers (Avro Vulcan), moved on to become an instructor and flew aircraft his whole life. Other members of my family have served in the RAF with honour and distinction. Sadly, many members of the RAF community, both past and present, have suffered terrible physical and emotional harm while serving their Monarch and country.
My passion is the Shire horse. I currently own four of them and they do a lot of work on the farm as well as working with the general public.
Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of all three charities.
The journey takes us from MOD St Athan through Cardiff, Newport, Usk, Raglan, Monmouth, Gloucester, Cirencester, Bibury, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Hook Norton Brewery, RAF Brize Norton, Abingdon, RAF Benson, Pangbourne, RAF Odiham, Woking and Brooklands Museum to outside Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames.
For people who give advance notice and a suitable donation, 2 passengers may ride on the carriage at any one time on the journey.