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Coldstream to London 16-day charity walk

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  • by Janice Gillie
 

How to spend your Easter holidays - walk 400 miles from Coldstream to London in 16 days in the footsteps of General Monck and his men.

That’s what 17-year-old Alex Hanbury, a sixth form pupil at Radley College, Oxfordshire, is currently doing, having set off from Coldstream on Thursday, accompanied by his father, former Coldstream Guards captain James Hanbury.

Alex was inspired to take on the fund raising march in memory of an old boy of Radley College, Lt Douglas Dalzell who was killed on his 27th birthday while on service as a platoon commander with the Coldstream Guards in Afghanistan in 2010.

Lt Dalzell was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for bravery and his family has since set up the Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust to support active and retired service personnel and their families.

Alex, who has ambitions to follow his father and grandfather into the Coldstream Guards, aims to raise £10,000 and is already half way there.

He said: “I pass Dougie’s portrait every day when I am at school. His courage is an inspiration to me.

“This will be a massive challenge but walking 25 miles a day I hope I can complete the distance in 16 days and by raising money for the Dougie Dalzell Trust help others at the same time too.”

A DDMT spokesman said: “We are immensely grateful to people like Alex and his family for helping to raise money for the trust. Without the efforts and generosity of others we would be unable to carry out our important work supporting service families of the bereaved or seriously injured returning form operations.”

Donations can be made at the Just Giving website

 

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