Helmand to Honiton
The banner image shows the first memorial to the fallen in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, the MERT stretcher was sent from the nearby hospital there to Honiton, there to have the four handles cut that were made into the Batons.
Honiton in Devon is the ‘Home of the Baton’ – a very special market town with a great heart and we are proud to say that everything to launch the Baton was achieved with truly local help, various super people who immediately came forward with incredible spirit sharing the desire to show gratitude and support for our forces, their families and friends….the Baton Family was born!
St Pauls Church, High St, Honiton, a Grade 11 listed building and the towns War Memorial in front, where so many Baton ‘handovers’ have been aptly made to carry the Message on exciting challenges and adventures, some very emotional.
Built of local chert and Beer Stone and opened in 1838 its tower is 104 feet high and a very conspicuous landmark in the Otter Valley, visible for a long distance.