Thursday, 12 February 2009

Welcome to 'The Charity Pikeman'

Let me introduce myself. My name is Malcolm Cray and I am due to retire from the Royal Navy in May 09. I have always been amazed at the dedication to duty shown by the British Military, especially their ability to experience hardship with minimal fuss and great stoicism. I now have an opportunity to help some of those service personnel who need medical support - by raising as much money as I can for 'Help for Heroes'. It is my intention to walk from John O'Groats to Lands End wearing the armour of a 17th century pikeman - a journey that should take 71 days give or take a blister or two.

Please return to this blog on a regular basis to catch up on my progress. Between now and May I will add comments as to how preparations are coming along, and during the walk, my wife will update the blog with photos and comments I pass to her.

Why the pikeman's attire? - this was obtained about twelve years ago when I joined the English Civil War Society. If you notice me on the street as I pass through your town - then it has done its job.

Being a quest for the raising of funds, I am in need of sponsors who can assist in the venture, either by monetary means or through the offer of free accommodation. We have conducted a costing exercise and believe this venture will cost me around £8000. Initially I was hoping to raise £5000 however, as you can see this does not make for a strong business case. So I need to drive down my costs whilst increasing the revenue to make my walk a success for Help for Heroes. If you can help in any way please contact me at or donate at .