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07 October 2015

Warminster gives a rousing send off to veterans on charity walk

Group of walking soldiers

What they are doing with this charity is very special

Allison Bucknell, vice chair of Wiltshire Council

Six veterans who are walking 1,000 miles for charity were given a rousing send off from Warminster Civic Centre this morning by residents and local military.

The veterans had stayed overnight in Warminster before setting off to walk over Salisbury Plain to Stonehenge and staying overnight at the Larkhill Camp raising funds for Walking with the Wounded.

The Walking with the Wounded Walk of Britain expedition started in Scotland on 22 August and will arrive at Buckingham Palace on 1 November. The charity raises funds for the re-education and re-training of wounded servicemen and women. 

This morning (7 October) they were greeted by the public at Warminster Civic Centre before they were cheered on the next section of their journey.

Joining them on the walk today is Box-based explorer David Hempleman-Adams who has previously arranged walks with the charity to the north and south poles.

He said: "I'm full of admiration for them and while I have been to the extremes with them to the north and south poles I've never walked in Wiltshire with Walking with the Wounded so I'm really looking forward to this."

Allison Bucknell, vice chair of Wiltshire Council, said: "It's a privilege to be part of this amazing charitable event and it's so good to see people raising money for such a good cause. What they are doing with this charity is very special."

Warminster Mayor Sue Fraser said: "I was so pleased to see so many people come along to cheer on Walking with the Wounded. By carrying out this marathon journey these soldiers are helping to raise awareness of the important work going on every day to help give wounded service personnel their independence back into employment."

Schoolchildren from Princecroft Primary School came along to cheer on the veterans with headteacher Michael Park.

He said: "This is a fantastic event. It's brilliant what the soldiers are doing and this is a very worthwhile cause. I'm pleased the children of Princecroft Primary were able to come down and support the soldiers."

More than 30 soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment based in Warminster also attended to cheer them on the next phase of their journey alongside service personnel from the Land Warfare Centre, councillors and local residents.

More details of the walk are available at: http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015/

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