LETTER: Charity walker Christine says thanks after 150-mile trek in memory of her fallen son

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I am the mum of Cpl Darren Bonner, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2007 whilst serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

We have just finished a sponsored walk over the period August 12-21 in aid of The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity.

This provides money for serving or former members of The Royal Anglian Regiment or former regiments and their dependants who are in need, hardship or distress.

We walked 150 miles in ten days through four counties to raise money for the charity, which last year alone paid out over £100,000 in 260 cases.

We called the walk: “All the 4s”: 4 the boys 4 the families 4 the fallen 4 ever.

All the 4s set out from Gainsborough on Friday, August 12.

Over the next ten days we walked through the four counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.

We ended each day’s hiking in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Mablethorpe, Boston, Spalding, Cambridge, Ely, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester respectively, finishing in Southend on Sunday, August 21.

In order to encourage maximum participation and subsequent sponsorship, we were joined by members of the public.

Each day we walked between 15 -16 miles – through all weathers!

I am so proud to tell you that we completed the 150 miles on schedule and are now going to start collecting in our sponsorship money.

But first I just want to say a big thank you to everybody who supported us, either by walking, or donating, or just cheering us on.

People were so kind and it showed us that they really do care about the boys in their County Infantry Regiment – The Royal Anglian Regiment.

CHRISTINE BONNER

Gedney