Wayne’s helping his peers

Wayne Foster setting off from Roker Pier  for a stint of walking to the pier at South Shields and back for 24 hours in aid of Help for Heroes.
Wayne Foster setting off from Roker Pier for a stint of walking to the pier at South Shields and back for 24 hours in aid of Help for Heroes.
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AN ex-soldier took on a gruelling 24-hour walking challenge to raise cash to help injured servicemen and women.

Wayne Foster, who set up charity Walks in Support of Help for Heroes, walked between Sunderland and South Shields piers eight times in 24 hours.

The 39-year-old served in the TA as a pioneer of the Royal Logistics Corps and set up the initiative last year with army pal Oliver Mitchel.

He notched up 56 miles throughout the 24 hours walk and raised £614.

The dad-of-two, from Lakeside Village, said: “It was really hard going.

“I injured my foot on the last walk we did and thought I’d got over, it but obviously I hadn’t.

“I went over on my foot and had to stop, but I went home and rested up and was back out there at 6am the next day to finish the rest of the walk.

“I just collected the money along the way, as well as a few coming in from our website, so I’m really pleased with how much we pulled in.

“With me and Oliver both being former TA, Help for Heroes is a charity close to our hearts, so we’re always pleased when people donate money towards the cause.”

The pair also encourage people who are organising their own walks in support of the armed forces charity, created to help soldiers injured in recent conflicts, to get in touch.

Wayne added: “We’ve been speaking to the YMCA in Sunderland recently and we’re helping them organise a walk from the Memorial Wall to South Shields pier and back on December 10.

“We’re encouraging people to come along and join in too. Anyone is welcome.”

To find out more about Walks in Support of Help for Heroes or to make a donation go to www.walksforourheroes.org.uk

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