Mum’s 150 mile trek for our soldiers serving overseas

Reception in Ayscoughfee Gardens: Veterans greeted the walkers in the Peace Garden at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding.
Reception in Ayscoughfee Gardens: Veterans greeted the walkers in the Peace Garden at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding.

MUM Christine Bonner completed a 150-mile trek on Sunday in memory of the son she lost in Afghanistan.

Christine (55), from Chapelgate, Gedney, walked from Scunthorpe to Southend in ten days with members of The Royal Anglian Regiment and their supporters to raise money for injured troops and their families.

The walk has so far raised £13,000 but it is hoped the total will swell to more than £50,000.

This was the fourth time Christine has put on her walking boots to raise money for regiment’s benevolent fund.

Christine lost her son, Cpl Darren Bonner (31), on his second tour of Afghanistan in May, 2007.

She carried a cross bearing Darren’s picture for the walk – and laid that on a memorial at Southend.

Part of the walk brought the fundraisers through Spalding and veterans mounted a big reception in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

Standard bearers walked beside them for the last few miles of the trek.

Christine said: “I am always very humbled by the support that the British public gives whilst we are walking around. When you reach the end, apart from the fact that you have actually done it, you realise you have been able to raise awareness of our troops as well.”