Wounded veterans take on epic 1,000 mile trek

From left, Stewart Hill, Kirsty Ennis, Scott Ransley, Matt Fisher Andrew Bement with front, David Henson and Alec Robotham '''   Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151646-5)
From left, Stewart Hill, Kirsty Ennis, Scott Ransley, Matt Fisher Andrew Bement with front, David Henson and Alec Robotham ''' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151646-5)

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  • Team set off from Scotland seven weeks
  • Group stop off overnight in Gosport before setting off from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Trek is raising awareness of charity Walking With The Wounded
  • Prince Harry is the charity’s patron and joined them for 17 miles
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SIX injured veterans who are on a challenge to walk 1,000 miles over 72 days for charity have passed through Portsmouth.

The team is raising awareness for Walking With The Wounded, a charity that helps wounded and sick ex-servicemen and women get back into work. Their epic trek set off from Scotland in August and they arrived in Alverstoke on Friday, when they were given a short tour of the Institute of Naval Medicine.

They continued from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday morning, and were waved off by gold-medal winning David Henson, from Whiteley.

The 31-year-old lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while serving in the Royal Engineers. He was GB captain at the Invictus Games last year, winning gold in the 200m.

The six veterans are; Stewart Hill, Kirsty Ennis, Scott Ransley, Matt Fisher, Andrew Bement and Alec Robotham.

For Alec the day was extra special as they passed through his home town Lovedean.

The 29-year-old suffered severe right leg trauma after being in a suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan in 2010.

He said he was enjoying the team spirit, and that he was delighted to have been joined by the charity’s patron Prince Harry for 17 miles last month.

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Everyone involved has their own challenges but we’re all going to make it to the end.

Alec Robotham, from Lovedean