Hants & IOW Charity Walk


Saturday the 21 May 2016 saw the start of one of the most impressive challenges undertaken by a County Commandant from the Army Cadet Force.

Andy Dawes, who works as a self employed project manager currently working with Huawei and BT Openreach, is finding the time to walk around the whole of his Cadet Force County – the County of Hampshire and Isle of Wight and visit all of his 48 Army Cadet Units, an amazing 320 miles.  Andy will aim to average 25 miles a day.

Colonel Andy set off on his marathon charity challenge on Saturday morning 21 May, fittingly from the War Memorial in Basingstoke Town Centre.


Ready for his 320 mile walk which he will finish on Thursday 2 June – back at the War Memorial in Basingstoke. L-R Andy’s son Phillip (21), his wife Captain Helen Dawes who is also an adult instructor with the Hants and IOW ACF, Colonel Andy, Dad Brian (77), daughter Cadet Alex (15) and mum Eileen (75)

Andy who livesin Basingstoke and is an Ex Army Cadet himself said, “I am collecting for two charities Walking With the Wounded and Simon Says, both are my nominated Commandant Charities, I will posting my adventures on facebook under Col Dawes and also you can follow me on hash tag Commandants Walk.”

He added, “Also as part of ‘Op Reflect’ I will lay a cross at each of the memorials in each location in memory of those who gave their lives during the 1st World War”.

Andy who definitely made his send off a family affair was waved off by his Wife Helen – who is also a member of the Hampshire and IOW Army Cadet Force, his daughter Army Cadet Alex, his son Phillip, and Mum and Dad. Dad Brian, who will be following him with a safety car, will join Andy during the  walk when Andy arrives on the Isle of Wight, Dad, who is 77 will accompany his son walking a total of 55 miles across the Island.

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