Injured veterans welcomed to Northumberland as part of 1,000 mile walk

The Walking With The Wounded Walk of Britain team in Morpeth.
The Walking With The Wounded Walk of Britain team in Morpeth.

A team of Army veterans stopped off in Morpeth during the north east stage of their epic 1,000-mile walk.

All six of the team doing the challenge to raise money for and awareness of the charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty while serving with British and US forces.

The 72-day initiative started in Scotland on August 22 and it entered Northumberland last week. If all goes to plan, they will finish the Walk Of Britain at Buckingham Palace on November 1.

The team is made up of Stewart Hill, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009 in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, Matt Fisher, who had his left leg amputated after being shot in the foot, and Alec Robotham, who suffered a series of severe arm and leg injuries after a suicide bomb attack in Helmand Province.

Scott Ransley was left blind in his right eye as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device whilst clearing a bomb-making factory, Kirstie Ennis suffered a catalogue of injuries following a helicopter crash in Afghanistan resulting in 38 surgeries and Andrew Bement suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a traumatic brain injury.

Mr Hill said: “This challenge is particularly hard for the members of the team with physical injuries, but they don’t want to let themselves, the team and the charity down, which encapsulates the military ethos.”

To make a donation, visit http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/walkofbritain2015