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Three charities, three counties, and a three week journey...

This summer Millie & Willam, two of our Shire horses, and Boo Boo will be on a 3-week journey pulling a trail wagon to raise money for three charities... Police Care UK (34%), the Royal Air Forces Association (33%), and the Samaritans (Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, and Hereford branches) (33%). 

We travel through the Three Counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire.

Along the route we will be visiting Gloucester cathedral, Worcester cathedral, Hereford cathedral, as well as Uley Brewery, Wye Valley Brewery, Westons Cider Mill, Hanbury Countryside Show, towns (including Stroud, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Pershore, Ledbury, Bromyard and Ross on Wye) and villages.

My brother, a serving police officer, sustained horrific injuries whilst on duty with the Royal Protection Unit at the Balmoral Estate back in 2003. He spent 14 years in a coma before passing away in 2017. The support that him and his young family received over the period, from his Police Force and the Police charity, was enormous. My mission is to help put funds back into their pot so that they can carry on helping other police officers and the wider police community when they are in need.
I come from a family that has served with the Royal Air Force since 1917 and the Samaritans do such essential, sterling work in all our communities and parishes.

My beloved Shire horses work the farm as well as doing an annual Charity Drive event. This will be our third year of fundraising endeavours. They love meeting the general public and spending time with you. Boo Boo, the Border Collie, simply loves everyone he meets in a way that I'll never understand!

You can book an hour or two journeying on the wagon on this year's event by donating £30 per passenger per hour. Please call me on 0778 667 6647 to arrange prior to making your donation.
There will also be an auction that closes at journey's end and the lots available include one of the horse shoes that the Shires wear during the journey (8 lots), the charity teddy bears, plus other lots.

We will be carrying a live GPS tracker so that people can follow, or find, us on the journey. https://live.opentracking.co.uk/shires2023 

The daily exact route plus other details will be found on our Fb page @coldcroftshires

 The background support of CorrMed Ltd, Carriagehouse Insurance, Blue Horse Equine, and Tom Wait DipWCF  is very gratefully received by the Coldcroft Shires team and their support enables us to do the Charity Drives.

No fossil fuels were bought or burned in the photo below!

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Police Care UK

We are the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families who have suffered any physical or psychological harm as a result of policing. We are independent of the police service, and are funded entirely by donations and fundraising - we receive no money from government or forces for our work.

RAF Association

When someone in the RAF family needs help, the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association. Whatever their need, they can rely on us every step of the way to give practical assistance, expert advice and emotional support. Throughout life's challenges, we are there for them, in person and on the phone, like a good friend should be. We are there whenever an injured airman is fighting to get back on their feet or the widow of a WWII veteran needs a shoulder to lean on. We are there when a family needs support to stay strong and connected despite the separation that comes with RAF service. We are trusted to work tirelessly to make sure no member of our family ever feels alone or unsupported. Your amazing fundraising support helps us to achieve so much, to find out more go to: www.rafa.org.uk

Gloucester & District Samaritans

Samaritans offer a telephone, email and online chat listening service for callers who are facing difficult times, for whatever reason, in their life. We are a local branch to Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean and are self funding, which includes the running costs and maintenance of our Branch which is in excess of £30,000 annually.

73%

£7,261.75 raised of £10,000.00 target by 291 supporters

£6,095.50 donated plus £1,166.25 in GiftAid

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From 23rd June 2023. Until 14th July 2023.

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