23 May, 2022
Support the Royal British Legion in this epic hike on 13th and 14th August to Scafell Pike or Great Gable.
The Royal British Legion is calling you to sign up for this year’s Poppy Trek event taking place on the 13th and 14th of August, to raise vital funds for service personnel, veterans and their families.
You’ll have the opportunity to hike one of two iconic routes – a 9-mile trek to England's highest war memorial at the summit of Scafell Pike, or a 9-mile trek to Great Gable, its beautiful neighbouring mountain and a brand-new route for 2022.
Both the 9-mile and 6-mile routes will take participants through the picturesque and unique landscapes of the Lake District before reaching the 963-metre or 886-metre peak. After stopping to take in the views across Cumbria, you’ll share a moment of reflection in a minute’s silence, paying tribute to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces community past and present.
Scafell Pike was part of 'The Great Gift', where several Cumbrian peaks were gifted to the National Trust, a generous act which was made at the end of the First World War. Great Gable also holds special significance with a dedicatory war memorial commemorated at the summit, in recognition of the members of The Fell & Rock-Climbing Club who fought in The First World War.
The money raised from Poppy Trek goes towards supporting people like Afghanistan veteran Mike Kiff, who was discharged from the Army due to chronic pain and depression. When Mike and his wife discovered they could get support from the RBL, their lives changed.
Mike says, "We were both able to talk to people about what was going on. I was able to get anything from a sympathetic ear to practical financial guidance and help finding a job. I think it's safe to say we'd probably be divorced without the RBL and if that had happened, I don't know what would have happened to me. It would have been the final straw."
Sharon Wells, Events Partnership Manager at the Royal British Legion says, “Poppy Trek is a fantastic way for people to show their support for the Royal British Legion and have some fun at the same time. Everyone taking part will be raising vital funds for service personnel, veterans and their families who are struggling through hardships, injuries, and bereavements.”
The Scafell Pike hike takes place on the Saturday 13th August, and Great Gable on Sunday 14th. Entry for either route is £30 and includes an exclusive Poppy Trek medal. Sign up here.
Raise £300 towards our vital work and you’ll also earn an official RBL technical t-shirt to wear with pride on the day.
For more information or to sign up, visit: www.rbl.org.uk/poppytrek
Or contact the events team on 0333 011 4500 or email: [email protected]
The Royal British Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. The RBL champions Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. Please click here to find out more about this great charity.
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