Throughout the pandemic, Project 71 has continued to support WW2 Veterans, by providing food drop offs, videos, books and jigsaws, plus ipads to help them keep in touch when in lock down. This has seen finances dip in and out of the red on many occasions.
We rely on donations and fundraising to help us to keep supporting these wonderful men and women who gave so much for us. We do this by crowd funding, auctions and raffles.
We also hope to raise funds by re-enacting the famous and grueling Currahee training exercise as used by Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st US Airporne during WW2. The regiment was initially formed during World War II at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in 1942 where it earned its nickname, "Currahees", after the camp's Currahee Mountain. Paratroopers in training ran from Camp Toccoa up Currahee Mountain and back with the shout "three miles up, three miles down!" The Cherokee word, which translates to "Stand Alone", also became the unit's motto.
Local re-enactors will march the "three miles up, three miles down" from Southwick village, home of the D Day map room, up to Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill in Hampshire and back again, in full WW2 paratrooper kit. In the war they were expected to do this in 15 minutes each way!