Armed Forces personnel with Landmarc and DIO personnel

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

The Armed Forces Day flag was flown in Hythe Ranges as a ‘thank you’ to veterans, full-time troops and reservists, and their families.

Armed Forces personnel were joined by personnel from Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) and the Defense Infrastructure Organization (DIO) to witness the flag raising for Armed Forces Week.

Landmarc and DIO provide the support services that enable personnel to live, work and train on the UK Defense Training Estate.

Mark Neill of Landmarc said: “With over 25% of our team coming from the armed forces, it’s important that we give thanks to our troops during this special week.”

On the final Armed Forces Day, Landmarc pledged to sponsor Team Emotive on their mission to take on one of the most extreme ocean rowing challenges in the world.

Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge course

There are just six months left until the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, in which the team aims to raise money for the mental health charity Veterans at Ease.

Made up of four Armed Forces veterans, Team Emotive is about to row 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

Rowing two hours in a row, two hours of rest for 40 days, the challenge will push the team to its limits both physically and mentally.

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They will face extreme fatigue, salt sores, muscle wasting, seasickness and blisters, and the 2020 race saw four boats have their hulls pierced by marlin strikes.

Team Emotive aims to show the world that you can come from a place of poor mental health, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, and addiction, to do some truly amazing things.

Learn more about Team Emotive here.

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