The man, the myth, the legend – our very own Kieran Rafferty – set off on an intrepid coast-to-coast adventure across Scotland this September with a group of fellow veterans.
Organised by the charity VetRun180, the challenge was to drive right the way across Scotland off-road in 6 days. The group of 11 ex-service men and women, each being impacted physically and mentally from their time in the forces, set off from Dunnottar Castle and arrived at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse 5 days later.
The expedition is being dubbed as “adventure therapy”, aiming to challenge the team members and give them a sense of achievement, ultimately aiding mental wellbeing. The experience also fosters new friendships between people who’ve been on a similar journey during their time in the forces, and the challenge of returning to civilian life.
As Kieran says, “For someone like myself who battles combat related mental health issues, these adventure expeditions help me grow my confidence and share experiences with other veterans.
I know that to continue my journey to mental wellness I need to take opportunities to challenge myself, to step outside of my comfort zone.
I realised a number of years ago that there is no magic pill for good mental health. instead you need to undertake a journey that with be full of highs, lows and everything in between.”
The squad members drove six Land Rover Defenders – some having been specially adapted for hand operation by amputees – across Scotland’s most rugged terrain. They camped overnight in roof tents, which are reported to be very comfortable!
Of course we’re incredibly proud of Kieran and his achievement, as well as the Incentivesmarty he is… well done Kieran!