RBL boss stepping out for 90-mile challenge

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A CHARITY boss and policeman will launch a 90-mile walking challenge this weekend while carrying a flag bearing the name of a fallen airman.

Adrienne Wakeling, Suffolk manager of the Royal British Legion, will join forces with Pc Simon Bourne for the first part of the fund-raiser to celebrate 90 years of the charity.

During the 15-mile walk from Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club on Sunday they will carry a flag with the name of Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, of Bury, who was killed while serving in war-torn Afghanistan last year.

Mrs Wakeling, 46, said: “I have not attempted this length of walk before but feel quite confident that with Simon and other walkers with me, we will get around without too much trouble.

“Luke’s family have allowed me the honour of keeping his name flying. I’m privileged to carry the flag on this walk.

“Two of his brothers, Jamie and Jack, helped to launch the Poppy Appeal and remembrance tide last November and Simon had cycled from Gibraltar to RAF Honington in support of the legion with the flag last summer.”

She will take part in a further nine walks to raise funds and awareness of the Royal British Legion’s services.

They include Sudbury to Lavenham on May 14, Fressingfield on June 4, Lakenheath to Mildenhall on June 10 and Bacton to Needham Market on July 23.

She said: “One in six, that’s about 120,000 people in Suffolk, of the UK population is eligible to apply for our help if they are in need because they have either served in any one of the armed forces or are closely related with someone who is or was.

“Those who serve now are as much eligible as those who fought in World War Two.

“The young people in Afghanistan will need to know we are going to be around to support them and their families for the next 90 years too.”

To sponsor Mrs Wakeling visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrienneWakeling