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Men’s march for military charity
2:30pm Sunday 12th August 2012 in News
THREE men – two of them former soldiers – are marching 15 miles carrying 14kg bergens on their backs for a military charity.
The friends are walking from the TA Centre in Worcester to Fairfield in Evesham to raise money for SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.
They are 43-year-old John McClay from Fairfield, a TA sergeant who is a former member of the Irish Guards and saw service in Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland; Adrian Nash, aged 25 from Bengeworth, Evesham, a former lance corporal in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, who served in Bosnia and Afghanistan ; and their friend Eddie Fray, 39 who is a plasterer from Eastwick Park, Evesham.
Mr McClay said: “As far back as the Second World War, both service and ex-service personnel have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but unfortunately have not been provided with adequate and necessary support.
“So many of them have served in operations around the world and too many of them have been exposed to and will have had to endure traumatic, often life-changing, experiences during their service. Raising money for SSAFA will enable our forces personnel to receive the help and treatment they both need and deserve.”
They will set off on the walk today. It is expected to take up to four hours.