Man sets off on charity trek to help veterans

Robert Collett from Loddon is getting ready for his Walking Home For Christmas challenge to raise mo

Robert Collett from Loddon is getting ready for his Walking Home For Christmas challenge to raise money for Walking with the Wounded.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Loddon man has set off on a 96-mile walk as part of a charity Christmas fundraiser to support homeless and vulnerable veterans.

Robert Collett, 45, is taking on the Walking Home for Christmas Challenge, in aid of military charity Walking with the Wounded.

He started this morning at Knettishall Heath, and will be walking Peddars Way up to Hunstanton and taking the Norfolk Coast Path to Cromer, aiming to arrive on Sunday, December 4.

Mr Collett was in the Royal Navy for a short time, and wanted to do something to help vulnerable ex servicemen.

He said: 'It's the first time I've done something like this. I'm looking forward to the challenge, I always like pushing myself.

'I do tyre flipping training and rugby training so I'm pretty fit.

'And I'm used to the cold because I go surfing all year round.'

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The father-of-three plays for the veteran team at Beccles Rugby Club, and coaches the under 15s squad.

He is walking the route alone and camping along the way, carrying all his equipment on his back.

He said: 'My family think I'm a bit mad.

'But the more money I can raise the better.'

The campaign aims to help vulnerable veterans to reintegrate into society and lead an independent life, through employment.

To sponsor Mr Collett visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/robertcollett

Are you taking part in a special fundraiser this Christmas? Email the details to amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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