Beccles soldier serving in Afganistan raises money for disabled and injured
A SOLDIER from Beccles currently serving in Afganistan has organised a fundraiser to help raise money for injured and disabled people from the armed forced and emergency services.
Sergeant Kevin Smith, who has been serving in Afganistan for two months, has organised for members of his squadron to embark on a virtual 13,128 mile journey around every Royal Signals Unit.
He said: 'More than 30 personnel around the world will take part throughout this month. Land and sea will be covered either by running, cycling or rowing where applicable. This equates to 15.5 miles per day for each member for 25 days or faster.
'However, this journey doesn't only include the squadron members, but also their partners in Germany who have agreed to tackle the 686 miles from Rotterdam to Austria leg.
'Considering the climatic environment here - 35C heat, dust clouds, altitude and a 12 hour shift pattern - this is one mean feat.'
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All proceeds will be donated to Hounds for Heroes, a newly established charity that provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.
The 31-year-old's brother Steve Smith, has also recently served in Afghanistan.
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Mr Smith added: 'Please give generously and spread the word to friends and family. Each kind donation will make a difference to our heroes.
'I would also like to thank my parents, who live in Beccels, for their support of their sons currently serving in Afghanistan.'
• For more information about Hounds for Heroes visit their website www.houndsforheroes.com
• To donate visit Mr Smith's justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/aroundthecorps