Rhyl army veterans reach halfway point in charity challenge
16 August 2013 |
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TWO Army veterans are half way through their charity challenge.
Warren Brown and Ady Wardrop of Rhyl embarked on their 10 Prone Challenge earlier in the year, with the aim of raising funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers by taking on a series of ten gruelling physical events.
On Sunday they completed their fifth challenge - an eight-mile swim performed in 130 lengths of Rhyl High swimming baths.
The pair have allowed their hair and facial hair to grow without a cut for the duration of the ten month challenge.
They have raised more than £1,000 so far.
Mr Brown, who is orginally from Rhos-on-Sea, said: “We’re making good progress. The beards do get in the way - it was weird seeing all this hair floating in front of my face in the water.
“We were hoping to have done the three peaks by now but its been difficult organising it, but that’s going to be a big one for us to do.”
Over the past month, the duo took on an eight mile walk carrying 50lbs of equipment on their backs along the North Wales coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn and walked backwards for five miles along Rhyl promenade.
The duo were inspired to do the challenge after their Army colleague Mike Taylor, who served in the royal marines, was killed in Afghanistan.
His widow Sonia Fleming was left to take care of their children, and is now supported by children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The charity steps in to help when parents are killed while serving in the armed forces.
Mr Brown said: “We’ve had some great support from people and lots of messages.
“The Scotty’s charity have actually approached us about being properly involved with charity and we’re already on board to help run a stall at the Rhyl Air Show on August 31 and September 1.”
The next step of Ady and Warren’s 10 Prone Challenge will be a 150 mile cycle along the North Wales coast on Friday, August 23.
To donate, visit www.bmycharity.com/scottys10pronechallenge.
To follow Ady and Warren on their fundraising, find Scotty’s 10 Prone Challenge on Twitter and Facebook.
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