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06 October 2015

Wiltshire explorer will join residents cheering on veterans

Explorer David Hempleman-Adams will be joining six wounded veterans who are walking 1,000 miles for charity as they set off from Warminster tomorrow.

The six soldiers are taking part in the Walking with the Wounded Walk of Britain expedition which started in Scotland on 22 August and will arrive at Buckingham Palace on 1 November.

On the morning of 7 October, Day 47 of their trip, they will be outside Warminster Civic Centre to meet local people and help raise funds before setting off on the next section of the journey which will take them to Stonehenge and the Larkhill Camp. They will be joined by Mr Hempleman-Adams who will walk with them for the day.

The soldiers will arrive at 8:30am on 7 October and local people are encouraged to come along, meet the group and cheer them on as they leave at 09:15am through a special archway on the next part of their journey.

Mr Hempleman-Adams said: "I am delighted to play a small part in the Walking with the Wounded walk. I know the Walking with the Wounded very well as I have taken a group to both the North and South Geographical Poles. I am delighted to be involved with them on my doorstep in Wiltshire and very much look forward to giving them my support."

Mayor of Warminster Cllr Sue Fraser said: "We have a long military history here in Warminster and I'm very pleased the soldiers are visiting our town. It is fitting we give these soldiers a real welcome so I'd encourage as many people as possible to come down to the car park just outside the Civic Centre and meet the veterans. By carrying out this marathon journey they are helping to raise awareness of the important work going on every day to help give wounded service personnel their independence back into employment. As a community we will be celebrating this extraordinary achievement."

Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott said: "These veterans are to be applauded for embarking on this epic journey which will help raise funds for wounded veterans to help them back into full time employment. I'm delighted they are visiting Warminster and I'm sure Wiltshire people will want to give these veterans a very warm welcome and a rousing send off as they set off on the next phase of their journey."

The soldiers will be staying overnight at the Warminster School. They will arrive at the Warminster Civic Centre Car Park tomorrow at 8:30am before they set off at 9:15am to walk from Warminster via Chitterne to Stonehenge staying over at the Larkhill Camp.

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

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