A select group of over 120 civilians from across the globe will take part in a challenging 30 mile training exercise based on a real life Royal Marines test of endurance this weekend.
Part of the Commando Spirit Series of fundraising challenge events to raise £1M for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, the training exercise is normally only experienced by Royal Marines Commandos. However this weekend, over 120 civilians including participants from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada, disabled veteran, Hugh Ewart and many others will be greeted by Cameron of Lochiel as they take part in this gruelling charity challenge.
The stunning Highlands of Scotland will be the setting for the annual Survive The Yomp challenge in and around Spean Bridge, home to the iconic Commando Memorial, and Achnacarry Castle. Participants, supported by serving Royal Marines from 43 Commando and 539 Royal Marine Assault Squadron along with members of the RMA and civilian volunteers, will follow in the footsteps of thousands of Royal Marines who trained in the remote and unforgiving terrain to become “Commandos” and prepare for their pivotal roles in World War II.
The annual Survive The Yomp offers participants the chance to take on the ultimate challenge all Royal Marines must complete in order to achieve the coveted green beret and complete the 30-miler over the original yomping ground of our Royal Marines Commandos. Last year’s event saw £50,000 raised for the charity with 41 participants taking part and organiser, Sally-Anne Hunter expects this weekend’s event to surpass that.
Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Founder and Director, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s event and hope it’s as much as a success as last year. Survive the Yomp gives participants a unique glimpse into the intensive training the Royal Marine Commandos go through and we’re so impressed by how many people want to to put themselves through this for such a worthwhile charity.”
“I am always humbled and honoured to work with our former and serving Royal Marines and I would like to give a special thank you to all those who are giving up their weekend to support the event.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:
“We are proud to be supporting Survive the Yomp for the first time this year through our National Programme. This exciting fundraising event in and around Achnacarry and Spean Bridge will put participants through an incredible test of endurance in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we look forward to welcoming participants for this unique challenge.”
The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund is dedicated to providing a better quality of life for the Royal Marines Family. As such the RMCTF has as wide a set of purposes as any Service charity, working to support those wounded and injured, as well as those still serving, by funding decompression activities, homecoming events and memorials. It also provides through-life support to those who have left the Corps or dependents who have lost loved ones in service. Importantly, a significant grant is also made to the next of kin of all Royal Marines killed in service within 48 hours.
For more information on the Commando Spirit Appeal and Series or to take part in next year’s challenges including Survive The Yomp, please visit www.commandospirit.com.
To donate to the Commando Spirit Appeal please go to http://www.justgiving.com/CommandoSpirit or follow the event on Twitter @CdoSpirit and #STY2015