THREE men from Stamford will trek 300 miles in 12 days to raise money for soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
Dougie Morrison, 51, of Primrose Way, Stamford, whose son Luke, 24, lost part of his left leg in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in February last year will be joined by his brother-in-law Billy Bell, 56, and friend Andy Graham, 49, both from Stamford, in a trek across The Pennines starting this morning (Friday).
They are raising money for the Afghanistan Trust which supports the Parachute Regiment, of which Luke was a member.
Dougie said: “On average it will be about 25 miles a day.
“We have been training for six to seven months and have mainly been training in the local area. We have walked around Rutland Water a couple of times.”
The trio is hoping to raise between £7,000 and £10,000.
The money will support soldiers who served with The Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan who have been wounded or killed as a consequence, and their families.
Dougie said: “I am very much looking forward to it.
“It will spur us on just thinking about those boys out in Afghanistan and especially Luke.
“It is nice to feel as if we can do something for them.”
Luke was fitted with a prosthetic leg in April and is now training to become a personal trainer. He hopes to start a boot camp in Stamford when he has completed his course.
To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/pennines2pounds
And the fundraising will not stop with the trek. Luke’s friends and family have organised a three course meal and disco at The William Cecil in High Sreet St Martin’s, Stamford, on September 14 to raise extra funds.
Tickets cost £40 per person and include welcome drinks and canapes and a three-course meal followed by a disco.
For tickets contact Marilyn on 07540 969536 or Christine on 07888 750260.