Reflection – Charlie Peschardt

| Posted By: Charlie Peschardt
Reflection – Charlie Peschardt

Team Rubicon (TR) is my first ‘proper’ job in the disaster response world. I was attracted to TR by its dual purpose of disaster response and a focus on military veterans, as well as its simple rules of ‘Making bold decisions’, ‘Getting shit done’, and ‘Not being a dick’. Well, I can definitely achieve the first two, and usually manage the third. But hey, I’m... Read More »

Bristol RAF veteran reflects on trying to give a family closure on their pet dog Mollie after Canadian wildfires

Cliff Jones from Bristol was one of a team of 10 volunteers, predominantly military veterans, from disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK deployed to Fort McMurray (Alberta Canada) following the devastating wildfires that caused the emergency evacuation of 88,000 people and destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings. Cliff, who served in the RAF before joining the prison service in Bristol, had only completed his Greyshirt training... Read More »

Reflection – Matt O’Rourke on serving those in need following the Fort McMurray wildfire

Matt O’Rourke from Tonbridge, Kent, was one of a team of 10 volunteers, predominantly military veterans, from disaster relief charity Team Rubicon UK deployed to Fort McMurray (Alberta Canada) following the devastating wildfires that caused the emergency evacuation of 88,000 people and destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings. The group joined partners from Team Rubicon USA, Canada and Australia assisting the Regional Emergency Operations Centre and... Read More »

Reflection: Emma Butterfield on providing medical assistance in Ecuador following the earthquake

The devastation wrought by the earthquake is hard to comprehend: we have driven for hours, through towns, villages, hamlets, all full of collapsing buildings. The roads themselves are scarred with cracks where the earth has just opened up. The disaster has encompassed a huge area. The people of Ecuador have welcomed us into their homes, have insisted on feeding us everywhere we go, have treated... Read More »

Reflection: Georgia Yurwich-Spink

| Posted By: Georgia Yurwich-Spink
Reflection:  Georgia Yurwich-Spink

In that strange no man’s land of time between Christmas and New Year, when social events with friends are a blur and there’s a constant drone of Home Alone in the background, it can be hard to think of anything other than what else to do with those turkey leftovers and whether the shop will take back the bright pink bunny jumper your Grannie bought... Read More »

No Time to Think

| Posted By: Paddy Trewin
No Time to Think

Paddy Trewin joined the British Army in 1978 at the age of 15, but says he wasn’t allowed through the gates until he was 16. He served 23 and a half years with the Royal Green Jackets before retiring in November of 2001, and learned of Team Rubicon through his former regiment. He received an email on the 9th of December in 2015 from his... Read More »

Returning to Keswick

| Posted By: Matt Fisher
Returning to Keswick

In December the rainfall in Cumbria was at an unprecedented level as Storm Desmond passed through, causing incredible damage to homes and businesses. News reports showed people using boats to get to their houses to try and salvage anything they could and a great many families will now be spending Christmas in temporary accommodation. As one of Walking With The Wounded’s Walk of Britain team members, I... Read More »

Team Rubicon UK – Reflections by David Wiseman

| Posted By: David Wiseman
Team Rubicon UK – Reflections by David Wiseman

On April 25, a huge earthquake rocked Nepal leaving thousands dead and millions affected. Much of the population lives in small villages high in the mountains and have been cut off from aid by the unforgiving terrain. The original earthquake was followed by a number of aftershocks causing landslides capable of burying villages and blocking roads. Just days after the earthquake, two waves of British... Read More »