Mountain walk to honour soldiers

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SEVEN intrepid walkers are set to honour the fallen and injured servicemen with a charity mountain ascent.

Paul Allen, from Barnham, Mike Griggs, Nigel Parsley, Martin Greenland, Des Drane, David Driver and Kate Snowdon will be taking on an 11-mile march to the summit of Mount Snowdon on June 4 in aid of Help for Heroes.

The group met through the Viking Family Support Group, brought together after their relatives were either injured or killed during a tour of duty in Afghanistan last year.

Mr Allen’s son, Mark, was badly injured during the tour and the idea of the walk came from a promise made by his father at Mark’s hospital bedside.

Mr Allen said: “After nearly a week in sedation and various operations it was time to bring Mark around and the nurse then had to break the news to Mark that he had lost a leg in the blast and they had to amputate his other leg at Camp Bastion due to the severity of the wounds.

“It was then that I made a promise to Mark that one day we would walk Mount Snowdon, unfortunately for Mark that day will not be just yet, but it will come.”

The climb will see the group climb to 3,000ft on the 11-mile Llamberis path. The task will be made more difficult by the team stretchering a mannequin dressed in uniform to the top – the same design that figures on the Help for Heroes logo.

Adam Drane, Mr Drane’s son from Bury St Edmunds, died on the tour.

The group has raised £1,000 so far but are looking for further sponsorship. Go to www.bmycharity.com/v2/herrick11 to contribute. The group also have a website at www.teamherrick11.co.uk