Born from a desire to help, and inspired by the bikers at Wootton Bassett, with close ties to the military - how could Land Rover enthusiasts help our armed forces?. CONVOY for HEROES is a not for profit, Land Rover owners initiative dedicated to HELP for HEROES, who in turn provide facilities and support services that benefit British servicemen and women injured in action, the 'Blokes'. In 2011, CONVOY for HEROES’ plan was to beat the Guinness World Record™ originally set at 260 in April 2004, whilst raising valuable funds for HELP for HEROES. Using the Heritage Motor Centre as a camping base and the Jaguar Land Rover proving ground next door, on a baking hot Easter weekend, CONVOY for HEROES broke that World Record with 348 vehicles, which has since been reset many times by various different countries. Click here to view the Guinness World Records™ website for more information.
After that initial 2011 CONVOY for HEROES, an annual event was born.
CONVOY for HEROES was held near Loughborough in 2012 & 2013 but unfortunately the weather on each occasion hampered any further world record attempts with torrential rain and the coldest Easter for 50 years, leaving all but the hardiest to camp and convoy in aid of HELP for HEROES. 2014 saw CONVOY for HEROES relocate to a more central location at Long Marston Airfield, near Stratford upon Avon, where we remained until after the 2017 event. In 2018 we moved venue as planning permission was finally granted on the airfield and we held our event at Finmere Aerodrome, a much smaller area and after the very wet winter, with flooded fields, only the very hardy camped here too!.
In 2019 we are moving to our new venue at Stratford Armouries, and hopefully we are due a dry, warm Easter bank holiday!.
Since 2011, CONVOY for HEROES has raised over £50,000 for HELP for HEROES.
All of our team give up their time to run CONVOY for HEROES as volunteers, nobody is paid, from the Directors to the team of Marshals who supervise the Convoy. Not only that, in addition to organising our own annual event, the CONVOY for HEROES team attend shows and events around the UK, raising the awareness for HELP for HEROES and selling goods, raising more valuable funds. Each and every member of our organisers pay their own expenses and entrance fees, even to attend our own Easter event. Every penny counts. We have also been very privileged to have had 2 tours of the Recovery Centre at Tedworth House to see where the money raised is spent and meet some of the residents using the facilities.