Anna’s husband John Cooperwhite who is the MD of GMRS has just taken part in ‘The Cockleshell Heroes’ Operation Frankton from May 30 to June 8, along with other able bodied veterans and injured/Amputee Servicemen to retrace Second World War ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ raid on German occupied France.
It was the canoe-strike that Sir Winston Churchill believed “shortened the war by six months”.
Nine injured soldiers, including LBdr Ben Parkinson MBE, who suffered appalling wounds including the loss of both legs above the knee and a severe brain injury, while on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2006, made up the team, along with Ex-Cpl Andy Reid, now a motivational speaker and best-selling author who lost both legs along with his right arm in Afghanistan in 2009. Cpl Ricky Furgusson MC double amputee, Sapper Jimmy Wilson a double amputee from Lymington in Hants, Sgt Colin Hamilton a single leg amputee from three Scots in Inverness, also made up the team.
The 10 kayaks that the team used for the expedition were donated by one of the charity’s patrons, Duncan Bannatyne (of the Dragon’s Den) through his charitable trust.
If you know John personally you can still sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/John- Cooperwhite1 or if preferred you can sponsor the team at https://www.justgiving.com/Cockleshell-Team both pages are open until early September 2014