This was the headline in an article in the magazine “Samachara” which is the Newsletter of The Gurkha Welfare Trust in their Spring issue.
The article continues “Well not quite 500 miles , but impressive nonetheless! Ex-2GR Gurkha Officers Bruce Jackman and Michael Willis at the venerable age of 70-something completed the Pennine Way Challenge, a 268 mile route mainly across high fells and moorland, in just 14 days – instead of the usual 21! In addition to this mammoth undertaking, the pair also set themselves an exceptional fundraising target of £25,000. Despite strained muscles, tendonitus and shin splints, Bruce and Michael completed this extraordinary feat well within their timeframe and are still collecting donations; the total having reached £36,390 so far. A fantastic achievement that will help former comrades like Rifleman Chamar Gurung, a Resident at the Home.”
The Home referred to is the first residential home established in Nepal by the Trust for elderly Gurkhas most of whom are in their late 80s. Another Home is planned hopefully in the near future in Eastern Nepal.