Ex-servicemen take on coast-to-coast walk for Burnley charity

The men have been training on Pendle Hill

The men have been training on Pendle Hill

First published in News

THREE army veterans are to walk 192 miles from coast to coast to raise money for a Burnley charity.

The walk, which starts on Monday from St Bees Head, in Cumbria, is raising vital funds for Salute, a charity which supports veterans on a range of issues when they move back into civilian life.

Martin Jennings, from Burnley, Tony Devlin, from Colne, and Colin Bifford, from Preston, estimate that the walk will take ‘10 to 11’ days to complete as they pass through three nationals parks, before arriving at Robin Hood’s Bay, in North Yorkshire.

“I struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when I left the army,” said Martin, 41.

“That is my motivation for doing the walk, I don’t think enough is done to help veterans adapt back to civilian life.”

Martin spent seven years in the British Army between 1993 and 2000, serving as an Infantryman with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment and then the Assault Pioneer platoon.

During his time in the forces Martin served on two six-month tours of Bosnia, and in Northern Ireland for two years.

The three men have been training with regular walks up Pendle Hill before setting off for Cumbria.

“We’ve been regular up Pendle and doing plenty of hill walks,” said Martin. “It’s been hard work but we’re excited to get going now, it should be a real challenge.”

Salute helps veterans who are suffering from PTSD and other mental health related problems. They also help with homelessness, employment, training courses and debt advice.

To sponsor Martin, Tony and Colin on the Coast to Coast walk visit localgiving.com/charity/salute/project/coast-to-coast-walk.

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