Tracey Rogers from Peatmoor will be trekking up Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro in mid-April to raise money for The Undentable Trust, set up in memory of her brother Captain Mark Hale of the Rifles Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan in August 2009.
She said the trust is dedicated to the simple objective that Mark would want as his legacy: To help whoever he could and to always give his best. “He lived his dream and died doing the job he loved; we are very proud of Mark and his achievements. He was supremely fit and enjoyed challenges – the bigger the better. His example is our inspiration to help others.”
The name of the trust came about after Mark’s commanding officer described him as ‘undentable.’
Money raised supports: the Rifles Care For Casualties Fund which safeguards the welfare of the regiment’s serving soldiers, its 35,000 veterans, and their families through financial and practical support; the Royal British Legion partnership with Kids Klub, which gives children of serving soldiers the chance to enjoy free week-long adventure breaks; and Help for Heroes in its efforts to support the provision of rehabilitation centres for soldiers across the UK. So far £50,000 has been raised.
Tracey said, “since February 2007 Rifles battalions have been deployed almost continually on operations. The intensity and ferocity of fighting has cost the lives of 53 Riflemen with a further 290 seriously injured. Of these, over forty have sustained life changing injuries requiring long term assistance. It’s anticipated that many veterans will suffer from psychological problems at some stage in the future. The Rifles charity has to significantly increase its financial resources to meet these future needs.”
Tracey, her brother Kevin and friend Sue Cannon will be joined by three of Mark’s army colleagues on the Kilimanjaro trek. Tracey’s company Lifestyle Services Group and Thames Water where Sue works are helping with the fundraising.
Mark’s mother and two sisters had a private audience with Prince Harry in November when he visited the Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance in Lydiard Park.
• To help Tracey’s Kilimanjaro fundraising effort, donate online at http://www.bmycharity.com/V2/traceyrogersKilimanjaro2011
• She is organising a charity curry night at Peatmoor’s Bombay Lounge on her return from Africa on Tuesday 26 April. Support The Undentable Trust and find out how her mountain climb expedition went by booking a table at the restaurant on 887799.
Any businesses willing to support raffle prizes on the evening can contact: Tracey.Rogers@lifestylegroup.co.uk
• Read about Mark at the MOD site: http://bit.ly/markhale
Pictured: Mark Hale; below, Tracey Rogers, right, and Sue Cannon