FORMER soldiers are walking 192 miles coast-to-coast in a bid to raise cash for their old regiment as it braves a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Brothers Tony and Chris Wilson, and John Burton, all from Ripley and Alfreton. served with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’) in Northern Ireland and want to offer their support after the regiment joined 3 Commando Brigade for an operation described as “the most serious conflict that the British Army has been involved in since the Second World War”.
A number of the regiment’s ‘Old Comrades’ have been joined by family and friends for Wainwright’s Walk – from St Bees, near Whitehaven, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, in Yorkshire.
Tony and Chris began the trek on Monday, June 6, and expect to take 12 days, but they say it is not too late to donate to the cause. The men say they have the full support of their former regiment.
All monies raised will be used to assist and support serving soldiers and their families adjust to normal service life on their return from active service.
Tony said: “Each person participating in the walk will be sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues, helping to raise money for the fund. The target is £10,000. This is a huge amount to raise and cannot be achieved without involving the local business community as well.”
The original idea for the walk came from Paul Owen and Gary Arnold, with whom Tony served in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
Tony added: “The serving soldiers of the 9th/12th Lancers are men and women from our local community, who will eventually return to their community and be an asset, as they are now.”
If you would like to donate go to www. 912walking192.co.uk, or www.justgiving.com/912walking192.