Wenches in Trenches are a group of like minded women who do a sponsored walk once a year, usually in September somewhere on the Western Front. We aim to have as much fun as we can while raising awareness and funds for military causes. We are currently in Year 1 of a 4 year project to get some permanent memorials to the Nurses and VAD’s of WW1.
In previous years we have raised money for military causes such as parcels for troops, forces children’s trust, RBL Somme Branch and La Boisselle study group to name just a few.
Any woman can walk with us as long as they get sponsored. We have women from all walks of life, nurses,ex army medics, teachers, sales girls, veterans wives etc. All you need is a sense of humour and some sponsorship.
Many women served as nurses and Voluntary aid detachments (VAD’s) during the Great War, most of the volunteers were middle class daughters who normally would have stayed in the home and never gone out to work. Because of these women it went a long way to changing the way women lived their lives post war.
Trained nurses and Military nurses were at first opposed to the VADs but soon they realised their worth. Many women died from infection, some were killed but a great deal returned home to normal lives. These women seemed to be forgotten and memorials to them are few and far between. We intend to put a memorial bench in the garden of Talbot House Poperinghe Belgium, one at The Ariane Hotel, Ypres and one at Lochnagar Crater on the Somme Battlefields France. We feel this is our way of remembering and honouring these brave and often forgotten women.
Wenches & Roses
Wenches In Trenches is the name that most of our followers know us by. This is the working title of the group and why the walkers are referred to as Wenches. Roses Of No Mans Land is the official name of the company. Rose Of No Mans Land is a Not For Profit company and we were awarded small charity status in August 2014. This allows us to claim Gift Aid on all our donations, thus generating more funds for our projects.
All of the donations that we make are decided through a rigorous and careful consultation by all members of our committee. Each donation must be able to satisfy the Aims set out in our Articles of Association.
The aims of Wenches In Trenches – Roses Of No Mans Land as set out in our Articles of Association are as follows :
1. The aim of the company is to raise funds for worthwhile projects and causes
2. Raise awareness of role of medical staff in World War One
3. Help with funding for projects directly associated with conflicts of WW1 & WW2
4. Helping individuals who have life changing injuries and illnesses to enrich their lives
If you would like to join us on a future walk, or are interested in donating please contact us for more information
Roses of no mans land is a not for profit company, reg number 8793983