Former Royal Marine gets ready for final charity “yomps”

Paul Russell is getting ready for a "yomp" to raise funds for charity.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Paul Russell is getting ready for a "yomp" to raise funds for charity.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A former Royal Marine is preparing to undertake his final charity treks after almost 30 years of fundraising.

Paul Russell, from Pakefield, made an in appeal through The Journal earlier this year asking people to nominate a charity for his final 'goodbye yomp'.

The response was so overwhelming, the 58-year-old decided to do two walks before hanging up his boots for good.

Tomorrow, Mr Russell will be yomping 60 miles non stop from Lowestoft to Old Hunstanton for brothers Ben and Sam Rogers, from Bourne, who have both been diagnosed with the life limiting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

And on September 10, he will be hitting the road again to walk 50 miles for East Coast Hospice.

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He said: 'I feel a bit apprehensive because I didn't do a walk last year. But I have been training and it is mind over matter. I am just going to go for it.'

For almost three decades, Mr Russell has 'yomped' through the night to complete long-distance walks and raise thousands of pounds for various worthy causes, including Breast Cancer, Great Ormond Street Hospital and other national and local charities.

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He added: 'I will be sad to stop because I have met some wonderful people along the walks. That's what I will miss the most. But I am getting older and people are getting fed up of me saying I am doing another one.'

? To sponsor Mr Russell, call 07804 670 925. Collection tins will also be located in East Coast Hospice charity shops.

? Are you organising an event for charity? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525820 or email

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