Graham Barber and his good friend Harry Danaher, both former Royal Marines and Enfield Bullet motorcycle enthusiasts came up with an idea for a road trip which would not take us around the world or take too long and do some good for causes close to our hearts.
Harry is raising money to pay for essential ground breaking medical treatment in America for a work colleague’s four year old daughter who suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.
Graham has recently returned from New Zealand and had promised friends there that he would ride to Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary of the campaign so that was what he agreed on.
On the 17th of April 2015 Graham and Harry leave Andover and head for the Channel Tunnel. Enduring high mileages and long days in the saddle, they’ll pass through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, The Balkans, Bulgaria arriving in Turkey on the 24th for the official amphibious campaign/ANZAC Day commemorations and services on the 25th.
After meeting delegates from various Commonwealth Veteran groups (The Royal British Legion, The Returned Services League (Australia) The Returned Services Association (NZ) they will begin their return journey through Greece, catching a ferry to Italy for a change of scenery and roadside catering. They will be rough camping all the way to reduce costs and ‘build their characters’.
Graham decided to raise funds for Veterans In Action because their philosophy and ethos of supporting fellow veterans through practical, hands on, self help techniques struck a chord with him and his own no nonsense, matter of fact, straight to the point approach where the values, principles and dark humour learnt in the military are key to effective problem solving and moving forward to a better place.
Teamwork is fundamental to any expedition and Graham new a challenge like this would resonate with those who have undertaken long distance trips of this kind so he couldn’t offer his services and efforts to VIA quick enough.
Graham is convinced his service and well travelled background, skills, knowledge and experience will help fellow veterans of all ages and conflicts to be able to build better lives and futures and hopes he can continue to support the work of Veterans In Action in any way he can.
Should you require any further information please contact Graham Barber or Billy MacLeod from Veterans In Action.
VIA would like to thank Graham for his support and look forward to his future involvement with us and we would like to wish Graham and Harry a safe and enjoyable journey. This trip is in the true spirit of everything that VIA do by using the outdoors and challenging events to help others.
To view Press release to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign please follow the link below:
To support Graham in his challenge then please follow the link below to make a donation: