Two former Territorial Army members from Hartlepool are set to take part in a gruelling coast-to-coast walk.
Steve Shearer, 52, and Kev Robson, 46, will trek from Workington to Hartlepool’s Headland next month, raising funds for a host of soldiers’ charities.
The 142-mile challenge is to be completed over three days from August 4, with the pair to carry about 25lbs of supplies, including camping equipment, with them.
They have already raised £900, meaning they are on course to smash their £1,000 target with a month left until they kick off the challenge.
The funds will be split between charities Help for Heroes, Save Our Soldier, Soldiers off the Street, Combat Stress and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Steve said: “We’re planning to walk for 20 of the first 24 hours, which is going to be a major challenge.
We probably wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t difficult, so we’re both relishing the challengeSteve Shearer
“That will hopefully get 50 to 60 miles out of the way straightaway.
“We’ve been training for half days, but three days on the go carrying everything is going to be extremely difficult.
“We probably wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t difficult, though, so we’re both relishing the challenge.”
The duo have been going out for regular walks with the equipment on their backs to ready themselves for the challenge ahead next month.
Steve is certain the funds raised are going to excellent causes, which will make the pain he and his friend are about to go through worthwhile.
He added: “The training is going quite well, and we’ve been going out quite regularly with the kit to get used to it.
“We decided on the coast-to-coast challenge after getting our heads together and discussing what we could do together to raise awareness and funds for the five charities.
“They all continue to play such a vital role, and if we can help in any way, we’ll be delighted.”
Steve and Kev will be joined in a support vehicle by friend Anne Abbey and Kev’s partner, Deb Howarth.
For more information on the challenge, and how to donate, visit www.facebook.com/groups/1628850427350094