THE father of a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan is set to walk more than 100 miles across the South Downs in his memory.
Robin Hollington is taking on the South Downs Way Yomp on May 28 and 29 in a bid to boost the fundraising in honour of Marine Richard Hollington.
The 23-year-old, from Petersfield, died from injuries suffered when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand in June last year.
Now, a team of 30 walkers will take on the South Downs in the hope of raising about £30,000 for Help for Heroes.
Robin, 50, said: ‘We can no longer do anything but remember the good times with Rich but we can do something for those who manage to survive their ordeal, but still have a mountain to climb.
‘I’d love the total raised in Rich’s memory for Help for Heroes to reach £100,000 by the anniversary of his death.
‘Fingers crossed the Yomp, and everyone’s generosity, sponsorship and support, will get us closer to this sum.’
So far, £63,000 has been raised in memory of Richard.
Robin added: ‘It’s mindblowing.
‘The money has been raised by friends, family, colleagues and even strangers.
‘Many people who knew Rich have gone and done something. It’s been brilliant.’
He added: ‘103 miles non-stop is certainly not something people would normally do.
‘It should be quite tough. But my personal view is that an awful lot of this will be in one’s head. If you are reasonably fit then it’s the mental strength more than the physical strength.’
To sponsor the team please visit bmycharity.com/SouthDownsWayYomp.