Dad’s Falk­lands char­ity walk

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A BUSI­NESS­MAN is tak­ing on an 75-mile walk fol­low­ing the foot­steps of Bri­tish sol­diers dur­ing the Falk­lands war.

John Faye MBE, from Prest­bury, is part of an 11-strong group set­ting off this Sun­day to repli­cate the now fa­mous jour­ney com­pleted by the 45 Commando Royal Marines in 1982.

The aim of the walk is to raise funds for a RAF Benev­o­lent Fund project to build a £300,000 respite home for RAF per­son­nel.

The men are part of the April Fools Club, which was founded by John seven years ago to share lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween the RAF and busi­ness com­mu­nity.

John, 47, a for­mer RAF re­serve, said: “The RAF is very dear to me. I think it’s tremen­dously im­por­tant that we sup­port those who served our coun­try and the yomp will help the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund.

“I’m 100 per cent look­ing for­ward to this chal­lenge. It’s go­ing to be such an hon­our to re­trace the foot­steps of 45 Commando and cross the Falk­lands on foot. It was their mil­i­tary train­ing that made them men­tally and phys­i­cally re­silient enough to com­plete their leg­endary yomp. My wife and kids are very sup­port­ive and ex­cited. They know how much this means to me.

“But re­ally the great­est risk of the Yomp is in­jury on the ter­rain. My wife just wants me back in one piece.”

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