Bulford soldiers celebrating anniversary with Stars Appeal challenge

Bulford soldiers celebrating anniversary with Stars Appeal challenge

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:01am 22nd July 2020. (Updated at 11:27am 22nd July 2020)

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249 Gurkha Signal Squadron was formed one year ago and they'll be completing a 249 mile run between them over the next 48 hours.

The squadron's set to take on socially distant 5 kilometre laps from their parade square, up the Bulford hill to the Chalk Kiwi and back down again.

The challenge has been chosen as the Covid-19 restrictions mean they can't hold an anniversary party this year.

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron Bulford July 2020
Princess Anne visited Bulford to officially reform the squadron a year ago

Officer Commanding Major James Corns explains why they're so keen to mark their 'birthday' in whatever way they can: 

"Not only is it the 100th year of the Royal Corps of Signals, but the first year of the reformation 249 as a Gurkha Signal Squadron, so we wanted to do something special. 

"We wanted to support an amazing local charity in the Stars Appeal, and also educate and inform the garrison and the Wiltshire community about the growing presence of Gurkhas and their Nepalese families within the area."

The team's been in training for a while and they've put together a video about their challenge: 

The challenge will begin at 8.00am this morning (Wednesday 22nd July) and the team's expected to finish on Friday morning (24th July).

Lieutenant Doug Clifton says they're as ready as they can be: 

"We've been training fairly hard over June and July. The head of the Stars Appeal, Penny Brown, is going to start the starting pistol on the parade square and then we'll join the pain train for 48 hours and we'll keep going until it's done!"

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron's hoping to raise £5,000 for the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital. 

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron Bulford July 2020
The regiment's found their own way of celebrating their one year anniversary, running up and down the Bulford hill!

They've got a JustGiving page set up for donations to the charity. 

The squadron's being doing their bit for other causes in recent weeks too - handing over a cheque to Salisbury charity Alabare: 

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