Working with the Media fir the Cycle to Syracuse Memorial.

I have had a few comments about my use of the media in the build up to our Cycle to Syracuse !

They are : Why are you so busy, should you not let this be forgotten ? As to me many I feel have?

The reason I have put so much time into the trip “Cycle to Syracuse ” is as I have said firstly I am honoured to be involved in. I am the only one of 5 members who is not from the Lockerbie area. This has meant by the time I am finished over 3000 miles of traveling from my home in the far North. I am representing the RAF Mountain Rescue Civilian MRT’s and Search and Rescue Dogs that helped in the location and recovery of the casualties in the Lockerbie Disaster in December 1988. The military had huge involvement and most of the casualties were recovered by the Army. Our SAR and military helicopters also had huge involvement as did so many Agencies. Sadly few know what they did in these hard days and months! I am trying to tell what they did and how it effected so many ! I hope that my small involvement helps raise the profile of what so many folk did ?

I try to say a bit of what they all did that is hard at times and how it effected so many of my friends and myself from so many Agencies! These were dark days and PTSD was not accepted especially by some of the military and the other Agencies! I was and do freely talk about it and how it changed my life and those I love and sadly still does. At the time few thought this was relevant and I received much criticism for trying to highlight the problems.

Please understand that this is not about me but about so many great folk who were involved and how we must look after our people better and learn from the huge lessons learned. A few want to visit Lockerbie for the first time 30 years on and I will do this with them when I return!

It is also a chance to tell some of the stories about the folk of Lockerbie who looked after us during these dark days! These were great normal folk who fed us, cared for us and treated us like their family! Yet their town was devastated and they had lost 11 of their own. These were Mum’s, Dad’s , Grannies, Grandad’s normal folk where Christmas was 2 days away!

The town has moved on yet only now 30 years on some local folk talking about their experiences! A few have contacted me and shared their stories and say it helped put some of their thoughts at the time to bed.

A few just want to forget and I respect that yet many still struggle and want to talk.

It is hard to explain as there was so much good that has come out of such an evil event!

This is why I am putting my heart and soul into this venture! It is not for me but to help spread a message that needs to be remembered no matter how hard it is!

This is why and I hope you understand a bit better!

Comments as always welcome!

If your struggling there is help out there. The first thing to do is to ask for help and speak to someone.

Thank you to all for the use of the photos they make the story so much easier to tell.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Working with the Media fir the Cycle to Syracuse Memorial.

  1. ptsd17 says:

    Well said Dave. Unfortunately circumstances like these will always be brought up in the news, for once its nice that its good news not more sad. I’ve just been to the Imperial War Museum in London, the last exhibit I expected to see there was of Lockerbie! It was the witness stand from the Hague Trial. The more good that can come from this disaster helps reverse the evil that caused it.


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