Just completed the second demonstration on consecutive days. Always said I would never do this, particularly in such hot weather. But I made an exception to accommodate Help for Heroes, an organisation I feel very close to and wish to support.
On Friday, we attended the inaugural summer H4H fete at Tedworth House. As always, we were made to feel so welcome and our display went down well. It was both heartbreaking and uplifting to see 200 people there, many of them ex- and serving heroes, all living with the physical and / or mental consequences of service to their country. Spoke to many of them: so humbling. I had a long chat to Bryn Parry, the founder of H4H, and we plan to meet up again to discuss my future involvement. It’s about time I addressed some issues and he has emerged as the catalyst for change.
Today was the turn of Shrewton. Once again, the organisers had gone out of their way to prepare everything for me and to make us welcome. The dogs were just great – so different to Sutton Veny. Many, many people spoke to me afterwards – I gave away all 30 business cards I had with me. The organisers insisted on giving me some money towards my costs despite my protests that this kind gesture really wasn’t necessary. An enchanting English village fete under clear blue skies. Just lovely.
The next show on 2 August is very local and very personal: tragically, Jack Fishwick, the son of our village GP, was paralysed recently playing rugby. Codford’s villagers are staging a fun day to raise money to assist in paying for his care and rehabilitation. To happen to someone so young, so fit, at the start of his life just seems so unfair. We will be playing a small part in helping to make his life a little more bearable.