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Willaston Woman to Walk for Injured Service Personnel

Published: 9th April 2018 10:46

Local Willaston resident Margaret Smyth will be fundraising for injured service personnel by taking part in the Western Front Trek this September.

Margaret SmythMargaret Smyth will be taking part in the Western Front Trek

The walk follows a 53 mile route through the World War 1 battlefields, from France to Belgium and is being organised by the Royal British Legion.

Here, Margaret explains what it's all about and how you can sponsor her.

"As most people will be aware, 11th November 2018 marks the 100 year commemorative anniversary of World War 1. This is a time to remember, and to pay our respects to the thousands of brave men and women who gave their lives so that we could live ours in freedom.

"History has documented the appalling destruction of those years. The names Passchendaele, Somme, Ypres will be familiar to many of us and so, when this opportunity arose, I thought I should do something positive, not only in remembrance of WW1 casualties but in aid of all the casualties, and their families, of subsequent conflicts, WW2, Northern Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Those who, even today, are combating conflict and terrorism in various parts of the world, including our own island.

"I will be starting at Bray-sur-Somme and eventually ending up at the Menin Gate Ypres.

"As an example of what the funds I raise can be used for, it costs £30 to buy and fit just one handrail to assist a disabled service person with their mobility and the probability is they will require several within their accommodation. The mind boggles at the cost of more complicated aids!

"I have paid my own passage and expenses, so be assured that every penny I raise will go to helping injured personnel and their families. I have opened a page on a free-from-profit internet giving platform and this is where I am hoping that some kind people will think this cause worth supporting and will sponsor me.

"The link is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MargaretSmyth1

"I hope you can help me, my sincere and grateful thanks if you can."

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