Walk to ben­e­fit in­jured sol­diers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Weather - By MATTHEW REVILLE

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

walk: Bon­ner.

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