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South Elmsall ex-soldiers’ trek for poppy appeal

South Elmsall's United Service Club WW1 centenary event and launch of the 'Walking for Poppies Challenge'. Jason Downing with Gareth Mitchell and Scott Sherwood. (H563H428)

South Elmsall's United Service Club WW1 centenary event and launch of the 'Walking for Poppies Challenge'. Jason Downing with Gareth Mitchell and Scott Sherwood. (H563H428)

A trio of ex-soldiers have completed a marathon trek to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) poppy appeal.

Jason Downing, South Elmsall RBL branch chairman, Scott Sherwood, vice-chairman and Gareth Mitchell, walked 84.5 miles along Hadrian’s Wall last week.

They completed the Walking for Poppies challenge from August 2-4 in 47 hours 10 minutes , raising £1,500 with more to be collected.

They aim to raise more than £2000 for the appeal.

The walk marked 100 years since the start of the First World War. Mr Downing said: “The walk was brilliant, hard and painful.

“We really enjoyed it but we had to dig really deep to get through it.”

The poppy appeal is the RBL’s biggest fundraising campaign. All money raised goes to support the armed forces community.

Mr Downing added: “We’re three ex-soldiers who wanted to give something back to those who have been less fortunate than us.

“The poppy appeal helps ex-soldiers who have fallen on hard times.

“We’d love to beat our target of £2,000 which will be a big boost to our overall contribution to the appeal.”

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/walkingforpoppies

 

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