Soldier Oliver earns stripes with challenge

Oliver Reed on the right of the photo doing the rowing challenge for the soldier's charity ABF

Oliver Reed on the right of the photo doing the rowing challenge for the soldier's charity ABF

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Soldier Oliver Reed earned his stripes by rowing 514km in 20 hours to raise money for charity.

Oliver, who is a section commander at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright, was moved to carry out his latest mission after a recent battlefield tour to Normandy.

He and his colleagues wanted to do something to commemorate those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

He was inspired to row the equivalent of distance from Guildford to Sword Beach in Normandy where British troops landed on D-Day in 1944.

A team of eight men and women took part in the mammoth challenge last Friday at the Friary Centre in Guildford.

The team worked hard to successfully conquer the challenge and raised around £3,000 for ABF, the charity which provides financial assistance for soliders.

Oliver said: “This challenge has given us all a true feeling of pride towards what a small team can accomplish.

“The team have put in a tremendous effort to raise not only funds but awareness of ABF, the Soldiers Charity. A very worthy charity that helps our military personnel, families and veterans in times of need.

“It has been fantastic to be able to support this charity, I am extremely proud of the Armed Forces and this is definitely the perfect way to mark this historic commemorative year”.

Corporal Martin Daniels, who also took part in the row, added: “Martin said “After a Battlefield tour to Normandy to observe how plans were executed during WW2 D-Day Landings, we decided to do something to commemorate those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We trained for approximately 3 months to ensure that we reach our goals.” Since 1944 ABF has been helping soldiers, veterans and families who are in need.

Its oldest beneficiary last year was 108, while its youngest was just a few months old. It helped more than 6,000 individuals last year with specialist wheelchairs, respite holidays, care home fees and grants to military charities.