Ex-soldier stops off in Sunderland on 5,000-mile trek round Britain

Soldiering on: UK coastal walker Eddie Craven, who passed through Roker and Seaburn this week on his epic charity trek.

Soldiering on: UK coastal walker Eddie Craven, who passed through Roker and Seaburn this week on his epic charity trek.

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FOOTSORE former soldier Eddie Craven took a breather as he reached Wearside on a mammoth fund-raising hike.

Eddie, who is on a 5,000-mile walk around the coast, took time out when he arrived at Seaburn this week.

He has been on the road since August in aid of the Veterans Aid charity, which provides 20,000 nights of accommodation to homeless ex-Forces personnel every year, as well as raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Eddie has suffered from the disorder, and his ultimate goal is to raise enough money to help open a sanctuary for ex-Army personnel.

The 39-year-old from Scotland said: “I have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since finishing active service in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and I have met many others in the same boat.”

Eddie is travelling with his large Army rucksack. “I have a burner, tent and sleeping bag,” he said.

“The cold snap has happened, and I have a cold now, so I’m taking medication. In the Army, I used to build improvised shelters, so I’m used to the cold.”

Eddie was heading up the coast to Seaton Sluice for a short stop-over to pick up a cold weather kit from one of his sponsors.

He will round off his walk back where he started, in Exeter, but isn’t sure how long it will take.

“I tried before, but wasn’t prepared. This time, I’m trying to do it fully. It’s a big commitment,” he said

All donations towards Eddie’s achievements for Veterans Aid can be made at www.veterans-aid.net