Thursday, 16th July 2009

'Speaking Up for Heroes' ~ a 'Help for Heroes' update..

For one unforgettable night, several of the finest speakers in the UK will gather at the Royal Institution, London, to present on the subject of courage, of achievement, of overcoming impossible odds – to celebrate heroism itself.


Speaking Up for Heroes – the first event of its kind – will see great speakers celebrating and supporting our Nation’s great heroes.

In their own way, each speaker has been on the frontline – whether on covert and overt special operations worldwide; reporting on international conflicts; sailing solo in the notorious Southern Ocean, skiing solo to the Poles, or leading expeditions through un-chartered territories.

Speaking Up for Heroes will be a memorable entertaining and thought-provoking evening as each speaker shares their stories and personal insights on heroism, courage and succeeding against impossible odds.

Join us from 6pm on Thursday 16 July (lectures begin at 7pm) at the Faraday Theatre, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

More detail on the Speakers (Please note all Speakers are generously giving their services for no fee, and the Royal Institution are kindly offering the venue free of charge too.)
John Simpson CBE   
In a BBC career spanning more than 40 years, John has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most experienced and authoritative journalists. With his experience in international journalism John has the ability to cover topics from highly factual and intense World Affairs to more light-hearted and amusing tales from his extensive travels.
Dee Caffari MBE
Yachtswoman and inspirational speaker Dee Caffari MBE is the only woman to have sailed ‘the wrong way’ around the world, a voyage that took six months (2006) and on completing the Vendee Globe in 2009, achieved a double world record as the first woman to circumnavigate the world solo, non-stop, in both directions.
Monty Halls
A former Royal Marine who has dedicated the last 20 years to the exploration of the world’s oceans. Monty led an expedition that discovered a sunken city, has circumnavigated the world several times, won Channel 4’s series Superhuman in 2003 and recently filmed the acclaimed BBC2 series Monty Halls’ Great Escape.
Ben Saunders
Ben is a long-distance skier with four North Pole expeditions under his belt. Educated at Sandhurst, Ben is the youngest to ski solo to the North Pole (and only the third person to manage this feat) and he holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. The Times has claimed Ben will be: ‘the next Sir Ranulph Fiennes’.
Andy McNab DCM MM
A member of 22 SAS Regiment, Andy McNab was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal during his military career. The best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and fast action thrillers also remains in demand for his expertise in training others to deal with hostile environments.
Major Phil Packer
Major Phil Packer was injured in an incident following a rocket attack in Basra on 19 Feb 08. Sadly, as a result of the accident he lost the use of his legs and is now a paraplegic with what are classed as catastrophic injuries. He has since completed many extraordinary events and has raised over £1.15 million for Help for Heroes.
Special Guest Appearances
Geoff Holt, the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail single-handedly around Great Britain.

Chris Holmes MBE, Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer & Patron of Help for Heroes.

Tom Newton-Dunn, Journalist & Defence Editor at The Sun
The Art of Charity
During this event, a painting of recent conflicts by renowned artist Steve Burgess will be auctioned for Help for Heroes. Enjoy the display of paintings and drawings by Steve, Rosa Tuffney & Greg Wellman too. This exhibition includes images of wildlife as well as the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan: any sales include a 50% donation of proceeds to Help for Heroes.


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