Search For Commando Spirit Is
Thursday, 25 November 2010
The search is on for a brave band of individuals who are ready to take on the ultimate challenge and show they have the commando spirit - all for a fantastic cause.
Participants are being sought for the Commando Spirit Series of once-in-a-lifetime challenge events which will help support the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), beginning with 'Escape the Dunker' in Autumn 2011.
The Commando Spirit Series offers participants a rare insight into what it means to be a Royal Marines Commando today. Commando Spirit participants will get the chance to test their courage and character against some of the most formidable aspects of Royal Marines training, be buddied up with a former or serving Royal Marine to guide them through their experience, and help raise £1million for the RMCTF.
Escape the Dunker, set to take place in Autumn 2011, will see a small group of brave challengers take on the infamous 'Dunker' - a tough Royal Marines training exercise which simulates a helicopter crash at sea.
They will be strapped into a mock fuselage and thrust into water, in the dark, at great speed until completely submerged - escaping only by using the correct procedure.
TV presenter, former Royal Marine and Commando Spirit Ambassador Monty Halls says of the Dunker: "I vividly recall my first experience in the Dunker - my racing heartbeat and clammy palms as the waters rose around me. Although 100% safe it is nonetheless a great test of mettle, and a life enhancing experience for those who take part. You'll turn up trembling and swagger out beaming, ready to take on the world."
Participants in any of the Commando Spirit Series challenges will commit to fundraise for the RMCTF in order to take part in this unique opportunity, which will help to achieve the overall £1million fundraising goal.
The RMCTF has the widest purposes of any service charity, working to support those wounded and injured, as well as those still serving, by funding decompression activities, homecoming events and memorials. It also provides through-life support to those who have left the Corps or have lost loved ones in service.
Over the next 18 months, more Royal Marines than ever will be operationally deployed - 75 per cent of those serving. They will work in dangerous and difficult circumstances, leaving their loved ones behind, risking injury and their lives for our country.
Commando Spirit Patron Major General John Rose CB OBE Representative Colonel Commandant of the Royal Marines says: "The Commando Spirit Series will give participants a unique glimpse into the intensive training Royal Marine Commandos go through, and the real life experiences they are often faced with wilst they raise much needed funds for the RMCTF."
Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Series Founder and Director, said: "The support we have had so far for the Appeal has been overwhelming and the rare opportunity to have a taste of what it means to be a Marine and have the support of your own Royal Marine buddy really sets the Series apart from any other challenge.
"Every participant in the Commando Spirit Series will have committed to face the challenge and raise significant sums for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and the courage, determination and fortitude shown through this commitment will be a fitting tribute to those who risk their lives serving our country."
For more information on the Commando Spirit Series or Escape the Dunker, please visit http://www.commandospirit.com/.
Issued by Beattie Communications (www.beattiegroup.com) on behalf of the Commando Spirit Series.
Notes to editors:
Commando Spirit's mission is to raise £1m by 2014 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. The Commando Spirit Series offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for participants to show their courage and test their mettle against substantial commando training challenges whilst gaining a rare insight into what it means to be a Royal Marine today.
Escape the Dunker
The first event in the Commando Spirit Series is Escape the Dunker, set to take place in Autumn 2011. Participants will be trained and tested in 'The Dunker', a simulator which recreates a helicopter crash at sea. After a detailed briefing, they will be strapped into the fuselage and thrust into the water at great speed until they are completely submerged. They must then escape using the correct procedure.
The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund
The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund has probably the widest purposes of almost any service charity - helping the wounded and injured; providing support for those still serving by funding decompression activities, homecoming events and memorials; providing through-life support to those who have left the Corps or have lost loved ones. Quite simply, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund will help when others cannot.
Lifetime Challenge Events Ltd
Commando Spirit and the Commando Spirit Series are designed and delivered by Lifetime Challenge Events Ltd. The company is headed up by former barrister and event fundraiser Sally-Anne Hunter who is married to a former Royal Marine Major. She has created and delivered events that have raised over £15M for charity and was a founder member of the successful Booby Birds team of 20 women who between them raised £440K for breast cancer charities.