100km, 3 Day Challenge
Martin Howard from Prees Green, Shropshire is leaving behind his Tractor and pedigree Suffolk Sheep Flock to take part in a fundraising event for an organisation that provides vital support for our soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Army’s national Charity since 1944.
The event is a World War 1 Frontline Walk which will aim to raise donations and also commemorate the Centenary of the start of the 1914-18 Great War. Along with other walkers representing one of the original 220 Regiments that existed at the start of the War, he will take on a three day challenge in October this year, starting on the Somme in France and concluding 100 km later at the 8.00pm last post ceremony at the Menin Gate , in Ypres, Belgium. Many of the larger memorials and places of special interest will be visited as part of the event and having researched at least seven family members who fought in the Great War, he will be literally following in their footsteps.
As part of his training programme, Martin will be walking many miles around Shropshire in preparation for the event and is planning walks which allows him to visit as many War Memorials as practically possible within the County.
Martinhopes to raise£1600 For The Soldiers’ Charity, which in the last year has supported over 80 specialist charities and some 6,000 individuals, and said that with current family serving in the forces he is acutely aware of the support that The Soldiers Charity provides and any donations received will be put to good use.
Major General (Ret’d) Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of The Soldiers’ Charity says: “Martin’s support for The Soldiers’ Charity will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by serving and former soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page. The money raised will help The Soldiers’ Charity to do what it does best – being there for soldiers, for life”
It would be appreciated if you are able to contact Martin direct and help promote his involvement in the Walk and also the Charity.
Further details of his involvement can be found on his just giving page at
For more information about the charity visit soldierscharity.org or call 020 7901 8900.
Note to Editor:
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s national Charity since 1944 – supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year. The charity makes financial grants to individuals in times of need and specialist charities supporting the wider Army family. The need for support continues to grow. Visit soldierscharity.org for further information
Martin Howard contact details :
Ivy Rose Cottage