So here we are back safe and sound in the UK! We arrived back at Nissan HQ at 5pm on Tuesday to be welcomed home by a large crowd of Nissan staff which was fantastic!
Looking back at the expedition – we’ve all been challenged in many different ways, but the best thing is that we came through it together and have shared such an unforgettable experience.
For the Nissan staff – we’ve heard stories from the soldiers of their experiences in Afghanistan and other places where they have served that were very moving – their “day job” is no comparison to what we “civvy’s” do back home and their bravery and will-power has left a lasting impression on us all.
For the Paratroopers – the soldiers have been tested physically on this expedition, the 10 mile march itself was the furthest any of them had accomplished since sustaining their injuries and the challenges gave them time to reflect on their future. The Nissan team may have also surprised them with how we managed to cope in the desert; they had told us they expected us to arrive in suited and booted, totally unprepared and wouldn’t cope with camping…well we showed them! I think they were quietly impressed with our approach to the expedition….
This trip has certainly given all the participants the chance to look at life with a different set of eyes, and hopefully this has come across in the blogs and videos that you have been watching.
Lastly a few words of thanks:
Mission Morocco would not have happened without the sheer determination and hard work of the organisers – Colin Smith and Captain Clamp from the Afghanistan Trust, Nissan and their charity committee and also Protrax who led the driving challenges and expedition over in Morocco.
Also – a huge thank you to you all for the support we have received along the way – from our big sponsors, to every individual who has donated to this worthy cause and to all those who have spread the word about our journey. It gave the team encouragement and motivated us to work harder and “dig deep” on the challenges set out to us.
Finally – the Paratroopers themselves – they go through an enormous amount of endurance testing to earn their place in the regiment – both physically and emotionally. They are so proud to be in the Parachute Regiment and after meeting them – they are an absolute asset to their Battalion, and without doubt – we couldn’t have made this expedition the success it was without them.
We wish them well for the future and Nissan GB will continue to support The Afghanistan Trust.
All the best,
Mission Morocco Team 2012
p.s. You can still donate here: www.justgiving.com/2012missionmorocco