Volunteers needed for Commando Challenge

Devon Air Ambulance Trust seeks help to marshall competitors in Commando Challenge across Woodbury Common

VOLUNTEERS are needed by Devon Air Ambulance Trust to help at its biggest fundraising event of the year this weekend.

The annual Commando Challenge, now in its 21st year, starts at Bicton Arena on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, and volunteers are needed to marshall the route across Woodbury Common to the Royal Marines assault course.

Almost 4,000 participants are booked to take on the challenge over the two days, with the warm-up training and support offered by serving Royal Marine Commandos.

Caroline Creer, fundraising director of DAAT, explained: “This event is always so well supported and every year the teams say what a fantastic time they have had.

“It’s the only time of the year that the course is open to the public and, with the help of the Royal Marines themselves, it really is a unique challenge, which also raises significant funds for both the Trust and The ‘C’ Group, the Royal Marines charity. “As with any event of this size, however, the safety of participating teams is paramount and that relies on the goodwill and help of a great number of volunteers.

“We would be really grateful to hear from anyone who can come along on either of the days to offer a hand.”

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If you can help at this event call Caroline Creer of DAAT on (01392) 466666, or, if you have grit, determination and a terrific sense of humour then why not enter a team for this year’s Commando Challenge.

Entries are still available on the day. Visit www.commandochallenge.co.uk for details.