Your News: Hear the words of a truly inspirational man

Chris Moon MBE
Chris Moon MBE

The speaker at the annual Len Pick Memorial Evening to be held on the January 29 will be Chris Moon MBE.

The event will be held at The Bourne Academy and is promoted by the Len Pick Trust, a charity founded by the late Mr Len Pick for the general benefit of the townspeople of Bourne.

Chris, a former Army officer, worked for a charity specialising in clearing land mines and the debris of war in Asia and Africa.

He is one of the few westerners to have survived kidnap in Cambodia by Khmer Rouge guerrillas, negotiating not only his own release but also that of his two Khmer staff after an ordeal of threatened execution in which he never assumed the role of victim. In 1995 in Mozambique he was blown up walking in a cleared area resulting in the loss of his lower right arm and leg. He survived through sheer determination and fitness.

Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and subsequently many of the toughest ultra-marathons in the world to support charities assisting the disabled.

He is the first amputee to finish the Great Sahara Run and the Badwater 135 mile Death Valley Ultra (5 marathons back to back), which takes place in temperatures close to those recommended for slow cooking chicken. His methods for transforming adversity and disadvantage into challenge and achievement make for an inspirational tale.

Trust Chairman, Ranna Patel said, “We organise this annual event to remember Len Pick, our founder, who died in 2004. The event has been running for some 8 years and has built up a reputation for bringing exceptional speakers to the town and tickets have sold out within days of being released for sale and we have no doubt that this event, with such an amazing speaker, will follow the same path. The event is also used to demonstrate to our stakeholders how Len’s benefaction has been used to benefit the local community through our grant making programmes”.

Tickets for the event will be on sale from the 11th December and can be purchased from Stephen Knipe and Co, 1a Abbey Road Bourne priced £3.00.