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'The Meaning of Courage'

'The Meaning of Courage'

‘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 Wounded. 

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

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