An epic journey which raises significant funds for two incredible emergency services charities
The Coldcroft Shires Challenge began on 5 June. Today (27th August) Jamie and his two Shire horses finished their epic journey from the farm in Gloucestershire to Elgin, Morayshire.
650+ miles, over 83 days of travel, all the seasons (rain, hail and a heatwave), 11 cracked ribs & 1 week in hospital, but many happy passengers on route who have donated for their time on the carriage! It is fair to say it has been a difficult challenge for Jamie and the team, but also an incredible experience and great fun too.
The challenge was all to raise money for two amazing charities that supported Jamie's family at a time when they needed them most.
Jamie’s brother, PC John Alcock, was a serving officer with Grampian Police stationed at Elgin. In August 2003 he was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on duty. He was travelling with colleagues to do their shift on Royal Protection at Balmoral. He went unconscious at the scene of the accident and never recovered consciousness. He died 14 years later. He was buried with full Police honours at Garmouth, just north of Fochabers, in October 2017. The local Police Federation and Chief Constable looked after his needs and issues as much as they could and in a most generous way. They did their best for his partner and young son too. The reason for this challenge is to raise monies for Police Care UK and The Fire Fighters Charity. Jamie hopes to raise as much money as possible and put back into the pot so that others can be helped too.
CorrMed has supported the team with logistics, a support car, medical transport bags and also safe passage back home for the horses. We are so incredibly proud of the efforts of Jamie and the team, the support that has been received from the general public and people offering fields & barns for the horses as well as places for Jamie to stay.
Jamie has raised just over £36,000 from the generosity of the general public, but the ultimate goal of £50,000 is still to be reached. If you would like to support Jamie and the challenge, you can donate through the challenge fund page
If you’d like to keep up with the Shires, Jamie posts on Facebook and the Shire horses have a blog of the journey on instagram.