Hook Army officer to raise money for veterans charity

An ARMY officer who grew up in Hook prepares to take on 12 Herculean challenges in 12 months of 2022 to raise money for a veterans’ charity.

Jennifer Price, 31, who now lives between Hampshire and London due to her work in the army, is raising money for the Veterans Foundation.

They include climbing Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and competing in skiing, canoeing, marathons and an ultra-marathon (250 km) around the world .

The first challenge takes place on January 16 when she participates in the Pustertaler Ski Marathon in Italy.

Jenny, who spent the first 25 years of her life in Hook, is an officer in the British Army.

She will leave the army next summer and has therefore decided to contribute to a great cause by leaving.

“I think it’s going to be harder than I think right now,” Jenny said.

“I’ve tried skiing, canoeing, running and mountaineering, but I’ve never taken on those specific challenges before. I have never run a marathon before. But I’ve been in the military for 10 years, so I’ve done a lot of physical activity.

“I wonder if I underestimate [the challenges] a little, but I’m really excited. But more importantly, the purpose is to raise funds for the Veterans Foundation.

Jennifer Price

Jenny also explained why she takes on these challenges.

She wrote on her blog, “Do I want to do this because I’m really into adventure and challenge and want to inspire others?

“Do I want to do this to raise money for a good cause?

“Or do I want to do this because I want to change and develop my identity by doing something with a wow factor? Is it my ego or my sense of doing something meaningful that is the driving force? A dichotomy between selfish and authentic.

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“I’m afraid of being seen as a signal of virtue or not being authentic in my approach to this. I know how many cynics consider some fundraisers to be just the adventures of the middle class, dignified by joining a charity.

“I don’t want that to be the perception people have of this event, but I also have to be honest with myself about my reasons. By questioning this and talking with friends, I realized that these are all the reasons I mentioned above, and they are equal to each other.

“I want to do something meaningful at a time in my life when I have plenty of time and freedom to do it. It would be so easy for me to pick some of these challenges and complete them at my own pace, at my own pace and without the need for sponsors or fundraising effort. But it wouldn’t be worth it; what would I give back or achieve? »

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Jenny has the full support of the Veterans Foundation, which raises money for several military charities ranging from mental health to family support services and injury charities.

Some of Jenny’s challenges will be part of an organized event and others will be auto-generated.

Details of the challenges and funds raised will be regularly updated via his blog.

Jenny, who went to school in Odiham, is a former member of the Basingstoke Ladies hockey team and an avid Basingstoke Town FC fan.

If you would like to contribute to Jenny’s challenges and help the Veterans Foundation, visit her blog at www.jennevolve.co.uk.

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