Walk to benefit injured soldiers
THE mother of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan is planning to go on a mammoth walk to raise money for injured servicemen.
Corporal Darren Bonner, from Wisbech, died in May 2007 after a landmine explosion in Afghanistan.
His mother Christine (54) set up All The 4s charity in his memory to raise money for injured servicemen through annual sponsored walks.
A team of 12, including men who served with Darren in Afghanistan, are embarking on a 150-mile hike starting from Peterborough on July 16 heading up through Wisbech and Norwich before ending in Chelmsford nine days later.
Christine said: “We decided to start the walk in Peterborough this year because that is where Darren signed up.
“When he died I was at my wits end and didn’t know what to do. I thought the best thing to do was to dedicate myself to helping the men and women who are doing such good work serving the country abroad.
“We do the walk as a tribute not only to Darren, but to every serviceman and woman, and hopefully we will raise even more money than last year.”
Since they started in 2008, the walks have raised £73,000 in total.
While in Peterborough, the walkers will visit the memorial in Bishop’s Gardens for the first and last city soldiers killed on duty in Northern Ireland during the troubles.
Corporal Michael Boddy and Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick were murdered by IRA snipers in 1972 and 1997 respectively.
Mrs Bonner said: “I was not aware of the memorial until recently but as soon as I was we decided to put it on our route. Those men gave the biggest sacrifice and we want to show our thanks.”
Family and friends of Corporal Boddy and Lance Bombardier Restorick plan to meet the walkers when they reach the memorial after a service at Peterborough Cathedral.
Mr Boddy’s sister Margaret Yallop (68) said: “It is a lovely idea and all of our family are delighted. This helps to keep the memory of his sacrifice alive. I will also be donating as Michael loved charities like this and I know he would support it if he was alive today.”
To donate visit www.justgiving. com/allthe4s.
(Left) Christine Bonner walking in memory of (right) Darren