Relay mission for flag

The British Forces Charities Challenge
The British Forces Charities Challenge
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THE Union Flag will be carried across the United Kingdom by teams of volunteers to raise money for British forces charities.

And the flag will be stopping off in Blackpool during a 2,533-mile trek across Britain next year.

The British Forces Charity Challenge will raise money for a number of forces charities, including Blesma (British Limbless Servicemen’s Association), Help for Heroes, Blind Veteran’s UK, Afghan Heroes, The British Legion and The Veterans’ Charity.

It will see the nation’s flag carried from Larne port in Northern Ireland in July next year and handed to relay teams, stopping at 107 different towns and cities.

The flag will visit Blackpool from Lancaster on August 12 before it heads to Preston.

Members of the public will be able to pay a donation to sign the flag, which will be auctioned after the tour has finished in November, 2014.

The auction and completion party at the end of the relay in London will also see the sale of sports merchandise donated by national sports clubs.

Anyone who wants to carry the flag as part of the relay, organised by former Royal Air Force movements controller Steven Fardoe of Lincolnshire, can register via Facebook.

Registration is £20 to cover clothing, refreshment and accommodation, and the event will require 250 participants, split into 23 teams – one team for each leg of the challenge.

Donations can also be made through the charities’ Just Giving Pages, visit the Facebook page for more information.