‘The Meaning of Courage’ - Reports from Downe House and Radley pupils
After having arrived and been welcomed warmly by the Radley boys, who then led
us into the auditorium, we took our seats. On behalf of Downe House, I can
safely say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the inter-actional and entertaining
game of ‘Heads or Tails’; however, sadly, no Downe girls managed to win the
iPad Mini 4: no surprises there! Following this, Tom and then Ed Parker, gave
us a brief yet insightful introduction to the charity, Walking For The
This was then followed by a series of talks and I thought that the
four speakers; Harry Parker, Rob Gallimore, Rowley Gregg and Jamie
Lowther-Pinkerton were inspirational, gripping and truly heroic, as they
delivered their views on the meaning of Courage. Hearing about their unique
experiences in war-torn countries was extremely moving and provoked me to view
life from a different perspective.
Speaking for all the girls from Downe who attended this captivating talk, I
would like to thank Radley for hosting such a fascinating evening.
Report by Kizzy Dubens, Downe House
‘The Meaning of Courage’ talk on Thursday evening, October 13th,
organised by J Social’s Tom Fenwick, was a very interesting and inspiring talk
that was much enjoyed by all who went. The talk was started by the CEO of the ‘Walking
with the Wounded’ Foundation, Ed Parker, who introduced the four speakers: Rowley
Gregg who has a Military Cross, Rob Gallimore who completed four tours of Afghanistan,
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and Harry Parker who was in D Social and is a published
author and a double amputee.
After they had all been introduced, the first speaker, Jamie, talked about
how the people who “have the fear chip missing” he doesn’t think are brave:
it’s the people who have fear but put it aside in times of courage. Rowley then
talked about his tours in the Army and how courage was linked with all occasions
of fear and bravery. Rob’s definition of courage was facing a mammoth challenge
or facing your demons of the past. Also he talked about people he knew dearly
taking risks for the safety of their group members. Finally Harry talked about
moral and physical courage and how moral courage is more of a choice. Also he
spoke about how the definition of a victim has changed over the years.
I personally found this talk very inspiring and courageous, as talking about
your comrades and close friends being killed in action or how you lost both
your legs, is a very hard subject to talk about and I respect all four men for
doing this wonderful talk.
Report by Harry Young,
K Social Remove