Crich shows its support for family of tragic soldier

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Crich memorial will be the starting point for a walk in memory of soldier who killed himself while suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.

The Clarkson family will lead a walk from Crich Stand to Mansfield Memorial on July 29 in honour of 23-year-old Ashley, a former soldier who served for six years with the Royal Logistics Corp.

Ashley, from Mansfield Woodhouse, left the Army in April 2011. He was diagnosed with suffering from PTSD and tragically took his own life in March.

The walk will raise money for The Royal British Legion and raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among members of the Armed Forces

Ashley’s father, Wayne Clarkson said: “The support we have received has been fantastic. We have over 100 people walking with us and a local company (Glenn Ryder Coaches) has donated buses to take the walkers to Crich, while ASDA have donated water, fruit and car parking space.

“The Royal British Legion has also given us their full support. The Derbyshire arm of the RBL Riders branch and the Crich RBL branch are going to give us a send off at Crich and the Mansfield branch will be waiting for us at the Carr Bank Memorial where the walk will finish.”

Christine Selden, Community Fundraiser for Derbyshire said: “I think the Clarkson family is truly inspirational. Ashley’s death is still very recent and in the week of the walk it would have been Ashley’s 24th birthday. To pull together and to think of others at this time shows great strength and kindness and I am full of admiration for them.

The walk will start at 8.30am from Crich Stand. Anyone who would like to sponsor Wayne can do so by visiting or donate £1 by texting AsHS88 to 70070.