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Profile of David Jukes the Gallowglass Security Endurance King - By Jack Flash

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  • 1st October 2014
  • By Jack Flash

We are delighted to profile today, Gallowglass Security Stalwart David Jukes, and to find out a little more about what motivates him to undertake his impressive range of endurance and fundraising efforts this year, and to champion his wonderful causes.

Prior to joining Gallowglass Security, Dave enjoyed an outstanding, extensive and varied military career with the Staffordshire Regiment and 3 Rifles; and with them saw active service in all the major theatres of conflict that Britain has been involved in the last twenty years or so. This has included numerous tours of duty in Iraq, stemming back to the first Gulf War, Afghanistan, and has also included Bosnia and Kosovo.

His time in the military has come at a very high price. He has suffered from very serious physical injury on many occasions, and has lost close comrades in combat. He readily accepts that he has suffered and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and has found the transition from military to civilian life a tough and uncompromising one.

One does not have to probe too deeply to find out what motivates this special and big hearted man. He is driven by physical fitness, as befitting a former physical training instructor, because it provides him with comfort and solace. More than that though, despite the immense difficulties he has been through, he is driven by a fierce motivation to play his part in helping others less fortunate than himself, and for that we applaud him.

This year he has raised money competing in the Shrewsbury half marathon for Fisher House, a residential facility for the families of service personnel visiting loved ones at Selly Oaks, and for Help for Heroes.

On the 12th October he will be running in The Royal Parks half marathon. In this race he is raising money for the Autistic Society, which is all the more poignant for him as his daughter Kayleigh is on the Autistic spectrum. If you would like to support Dave in his fundraising efforts for this event, this is his just giving link.

On the 19th October he competes in the Birmingham Marathon, and on the 25th he will be the lynchpin of the Gallowglass Security team at Tough Mudder at Matterley Bowl in Winchester, having competed in it before. Whilst not a rugby player, he has very generously committed his time and fundraising efforts to support Gallowglass Security’s chosen charity, “Rugby for Heroes”.

Since joining Gallowglass Security in 2012, Dave has gone from strength to strength, and his military leadership  and organisational skills have been of invaluable assistance to all Gallowglass Security teams, particularly on high profile and complex security assignments.

Dave says “ I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the main man Giles Turnbull,  the Managing Partner of Gallowglass Security,for giving me a chance and offering me work. When I left the Army in 2012, I sure was a mental and physical wreck, my life was shattered and I was spiralling dangerously out of control.

I cannot overstate the importance of the one small gesture of offering me work at Gallowglass Security, and the faith he has shown in me by doing that. I guess as a former Army officer himself he gets me in a way that others don’t. But that confidence in me, has helped restore my pride and self esteem, and has really helped put my life back on track, thanks mate, couldn’t have done it without you.

I think it’s fabulous that Gallowglass Security are supporting a Vets charity like “Rugby for Heroes”, and by Christ this great work is going to be needed for a hell of long time to come as there are a lot of Vets out there in a terrible state, and they need the helping hand that charities like “Rugby for Heroes”, can give them, and I’m made up to be involved.”


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