Royal British Legion fundraising ‘Trooper’, John Green set off on this Platinum Jubilee 70km in 70 hours walk on Tuesday from his home in Maidensgrove.
John is a member of the RBL Henley & Peppard Branch and has raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal over many years and many challenges. This fundraising challenge was to walk for 24kms per day for 3 days wearing a replica WW1 uniform and carrying 20lbs of kit and a rifle.
He was surprised yesterday lunchtime at the Black Horse pub at Checkendon where he was due to rest for lunch by Lynda Atkins, Deputy Lieutenant and National Vice Chair of the Royal British Legion who presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation Award for many years of outstanding service and dedication to the Henley & Peppard Poppy Appeal.
Lynda was joined by Oxfordshire County Chairman of the RBL, Peter Eldridge, County Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, Deputy Chair of South Oxfordshire District Council, Kellie Hinton and John’s family.
On arriving at the pub, John was singing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” and was an accompanied by a walker who had started walking with John about an hour or so before.
Lynda said, “The Royal British Legion has some amazing people raising funds for us for our poppy appeal but John Green is really above and beyond. He does so much for the Legion and for this effort walking 70km to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is just out of order of anything. It’s so far in advance of anything else anyone would think of, particularly doing it in hot weather and in all the kit. We are so grateful for this and all the other things he’s done over the years and we wanted to mark that. Peter has arranged this certificate which I think is so merited. Nobody deserves this more than John. It’s been lovely to meet him here today to say thank you.”
After two days of walking, leaving home at 6am and arriving back at 7pm, John suffered from heat exhaustion and wasn’t able to complete the challenge today. He said, “I was drinking plenty of water but I realised I’d been sweating for 2 days long in the heat and I knew I couldn’t go out today. I always think it is better to have tried and not succeeded than not tried at all.”
On receiving the award, John exclaimed, “I had an incline that something was going on. It was a good job I made it to the pub. It was a shame that Martin, the Black Horse pub landlord wasn’t here today as he’s recovering from a stroke in hospital. He’s been so supportive to the RBL over many years. It was not only a surprise but a great honour to receive this special award for both this event and others that I’ve completed.”
Reflecting on the walk and raising over £1400 for the RBL, John commented, “It’s not just about me doing the walk, its thanks to all those donators to such a worthwhile charity to help people who are suffering both physically and mentally as well as their families. Walking in a WW1 uniform like my father wore; he was very much on my mind. I thought my aches were nothing like the pain him and others went through for all us. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years and I’ll carry on doing as much as I can for as long as I can.”
If you would like to donate to John’s challenge to the Poppy Appeal it’s not too late https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johngreenplatinumwalk