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Doing it for Heroes kicks off again with mammoth walk

Gilbert Rugby News — Published on November 21 , 2014

Three military staff – Chief Petty Officers Andy “Gibbo” Gibbs & Tyrone “Ty” Stock, both in the Royal Navy, and Colour Sergeant Royal Marines Andy “Crofty” Crofts – are walking from the City of London to Cardiff carrying the Gilbert match ball for the Wales v. England RBS 6 Nations fixture on the 6th February 2015. Over the past 6 years the guys at Doing it for Heroes have raised just over £326,000 for Help for Heroes. They will be assisted by James “JC” Cameron-Wood, a veteran with 29 years Royal Navy service who is now a working as the door keeper at the House of Lords, and Georgina Crumpton who works in Canary Wharf.

Gibbo and JC are pictured with Wales wing Alex Cuthbert who presented them with the Gilbert ball at the Millennium Stadium as the Welsh team conducted a final training session before the autumn international against New Zealand.

Cuthbert said: “The Welsh Rugby Union are proud to once again be supporting Help for Heroes and Gibbo, Ty, Crofty & JC on the walk from London to Cardiff in 2015 for the RBS 6 Nations fixture. We wish them luck and hope they look after the ball for us”

Gibbo and Crofty are currently based at HMS Excellent working for Fleet Battle Staff and Ty is based at RNR Scotia in Scotland.

The route will be broken down into 8 daily parts covering the 189 miles. Starting from the RBS HQ in the City of London and heading to Heathrow on the 28th January, before following the route: Reading, Hungerford, Cricklade, Gloucester, Whitchurch and Newport. The final leg into Cardiff will see the team arrive at the stadium at 11:00 when Wales run out for the Captains Run on the 5th February. 

This event would not have been possible without the kind and generous support from our event sponsor HEINEKEN, the UK's leading brewer and cider maker, our vehicle sponsor Essex Ford, Gilbert Rugby and our liability insurer Towergate Wilson.

HEINEKEN’s Tim Galligan said: “We are immensely proud of our long-standing links with British servicemen and women and our support for rugby union. We are therefore delighted to bring these interests together by sponsoring a walk from the RBS HQ in the City of London to the home of Welsh rugby which will raise much-needed funds for Help for Heroes."

Essex Ford are honoured to be a long-standing sponsor of the Doing it For Heroes team. For us, working with Andy Gibbs and his team has provided us a wonderful opportunity to support a very worthwhile and deserving cause whilst enjoying all the exposure and coverage the team attracts through their relentless fundraising activities.

We continually go the extra mile to help support H4H fundraising activities because we are driven by a debt of gratitude that we owe all the British Service men and women who selflessly protect us from the challenges thrown down by today’s world. We think it’s important, therefore, that we demonstrate our thanks by supporting those whose lives are compromised or affected by this selfless act.

Gilbert Rugby Brand Manager, Worldwide: Andrew Challis said “Gilbert has enjoyed a long association with the Armed Forces and have supported the outstanding work of Help 4 Heroes for many years. We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to support Andy and his team on their quest – moreover a Gilbert ball will be used in every RBS 6 Nations match in 2015. I can’t think of a better way to kick it all off – we wish them well.”

Help for Heroes commented: “H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and the effort and commitment of Gibbo, and the DIFH team the last few years has been outstanding. Their latest challenge is a brilliant example of people taking on a challenge, rallying support and accomplishing something extraordinary while they raise money for a wonderful cause. We are incredibly grateful for their support and know this event will be as successful as all those previous endeavours.”

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