Hi I’m Andy Stanley the Art Technician and Duke of Edinburgh Award Instructor at the Friesland School and I am taking part in the event ‘Walking Home for Christmas’ for the ‘Charity Walking with the Wounded’.
As soon as we break up from school on the 18th December I will travel down to London and from the 19th to the 27th December I will walk from Little Venice in London back to Nottingham I will walk along canal paths all the way.. The route I am taking is via the full length of the Grand Union Canal to Birmingham 145 miles and then heading upto the Trent and Mersey Canal for the final stretch to arrive back in Nottingham on the 27th December.
In total I will walk 227 miles in 9 days, which means I will have to walk 9 consecutive marathons in 9 days including Christmas day, 8 of these marathons will be alone and on the last day I will be walking with local celebrities back to the Old market Square in Nottingham arriving at 4.30pm to what I believe a big welcome from family, friends, members of the armed forces, charities and the media.
After a career of 10 years with the British Army with 1RHA I suffered an injury to my right leg, which brought an end to my Army life I now suffer with pain in my leg which has now developed into arthritis and I am now awaiting surgery to my knee.
This year I am giving up my Christmas for this great cause and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of ‘Walking Home for Christmas 2015’.
Along the way I shall survive on a homeless persons budget of £10 per day and will be couch surfing thanks to friends and volunteers of Help 4 Hero’s to experience the difficulties encountered by many homeless people who have to resort to this to get a roof over their heads. I am raising funds for veterans that have experienced very difficult times after serving their country!
If you wish to donate to this good cause please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyStanley1