Rory steps out to secure homes for heroes

Rory skeen ready to hit the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis

Rory skeen ready to hit the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis

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A Berwick man is putting his best foot forward in an attempt to raise money for the military charity that helped his brother.

Rory Skene, of Highcliffe, is preparing to walk the West Highland Way, followed immediately by climbing Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

That is a 96 mile walk, followed by a climb of over 4,000 feet.

Rory, a groundsman at Haggerston Castle, and his friend Ryan Crawford, also of Berwick, are setting out on May 10 and have given themselves eight days to complete the trek.

“We’re not sure really how long it might take,” he said, “so we’re allowing ourselves a few days either way as well.”

Rory is walking to raise funds for Houses for Heroes, a military charity that helps make the difference for ex-Services personnel.

“They were really good with my brother,” said Rory, “when he was medically discharged from the army.

“They got him sorted, set him up with a house and everything.”

Rory has set a target on his fundraising website of £1,000, and reckons that he is already nearly halfway there.

“People have been great, there are donation forms all over, at work and everywhere, and on the internet as well.”

He went on: “Neither of us are very fit and don’t do a lot of walking so this will be a big challenge for us.

“It’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this.

“We decided that we would be camping on route along the way, as well, so we’re preparing to carry everything we need.”

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