South Downs Way challenge for heroes

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IT WAS a gruelling endurance test made easier by knowing he was helping our war heroes.

Andrew Fairley completed a 100-mile non-stop trek across the South Downs Way in aid of Help for Heroes.

The 42-year-old insurance claims handler, from Landport, was inspired by Robin Hollington, the father of Marine Richard Hollington, who was killed in Afghanistan two years ago.

Mr Hollington completed the South Downs Way challenge last year and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the forces charity.

Mr Fairley, who completed the walk in 38 hours, said he hoped the £2,000 he raised will go some way towards making a difference to an injured hero’s life.

He said: ‘I’m delighted with what I’ve raised and hoping to improve on that.

‘It may not be a lot of money to some people but it was just me walking from A to B so to get that is brilliant.

‘I had to deal with some horrendous conditions beginning at Beachy Head across Seven Sisters.

‘Gale force winds were blowing from the west, which was the direction I was walking in.

‘The rain was coming down really heavily too. But after that it wasn’t that tough and I had some tremendous support from volunteers along the way.’

Go to bmycharity.com/AndrewFairley.