Still taken from BFBS TAPE FALKLANDS 20120518 Yomp into Stanley Two Sisters 30th anniversary (Picture: BFBS).
An image of serving and former Royal Marines completing a yomp in 2012 with Two Sisters Ridge in the background (Picture: BFBS).
Forces Charities

Charity yomping challenge set to mark 40 years since Falklands' liberation

The Royal Marines Charity is calling for people to take part in their fundraising challenge.

Still taken from BFBS TAPE FALKLANDS 20120518 Yomp into Stanley Two Sisters 30th anniversary (Picture: BFBS).
An image of serving and former Royal Marines completing a yomp in 2012 with Two Sisters Ridge in the background (Picture: BFBS).

The Royal Marines Charity has set a challenge for its supporters, wherever they are in the world, to run, walk or cycle 5.6 miles in June to mark 40 years since the liberation of the Falkland Islands and raise money.

In addition, Commando and Reserve Units, the Royal Marines Association and cadet community across the UK will recreate 45 Commando's 1982 brutal three day, 56-mile yomp across the East Falklands rough terrain and in unforgiving weather.

The distance of 5.6 miles has been chosen by the Royal Marines Charity as it is one tenth of the original 56-mile yomp plus it helps to make the challenge available to as many people as possible.

In what is considered by the Royal Marines Corps to be a momentous period in its history, and is recognized as one of the major Corps battle honours, more than 3,500 members of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines deployed to the Falkland Islands in April 1982 to liberate British citizens from the Argentinian invasion. 

A week later, the Commando unit attacked and defeated the Argentine forces in the famous Battle of Two Sisters

RMA – The Royal Marines Charity offers lifelong support to help Marines and their families overcome challenges like life-changing injuries or limiting illness, mental health issues, transition to civilian life and even poverty.

So far, at least 60% of the £10,000 target has been raised thanks to donations and hundreds of fundraisers. When registering, those who wish to take part will have an online fundraising page created for them via an online fundraising tool.

RMA Royal Marines Charity Falkland Islands 40 Fundraising event commemorative coin (Picture: RMA - The Royal Marines Charity).
An image of both sides of the commemorative coin (Picture: RMA - The Royal Marines Charity).

As an extra bonus, anyone who manages to raise at least £25, for RMA - The Royal Marines Charity, will receive a unique Falklands 40 / RM Commando 80 commemorative coin, thanks to the event supporter Patron Capital Partners LLP. 

If you want to take part, visit the Royal Marines Charity's fundraising page here.