Norfolk teens inspired by double amputee soldier to do 47 mile walk
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Two Norfolk teenagers have been inspired by the story of a double amputee soldier to take on a 47 mile walk to raise money for an armed forces charity.
Diss High School pupils Kaylee Andrews and Ruby Mouser, both 14, will be participating in the North Norfolk coastal walk to raise money for the charity Walking with the Wounded, which funds the re-training and re-education of wounded service personnel with the aim to help them find work after they have left the forces.
The duo decided to do the three-and-a-half day walk after Diss soldier Sgt Duncan Slater, who served with the RAF regiment, visited their school to talk about how he coped after losing his legs following a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan and being told by doctors that he would never walk again.
After his injury in 2009 Sgt Slater spent a year in a wheelchair before doctors told him he would need to have his legs amputated.
However, within six weeks, Sgt Slater was making strides on his new prosthetic limbs.
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Kaylee said she was particularly moved when Mr Slater, who is hoping to participate in a Walking with the Wounded charity race to the South Pole in November, told them his injuries prevented him from being as supportive of his wife as he would have liked during her pregnancy.
She added: 'He told us a story about how he went to Afghanistan and it made me really sad and I cried a bit.'
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The pair will be walking from Hunstanton to Cromer via Burnham Deepdale and Weybourne, staying at campsites in between. The walk will be taking place between May 25 and 28.
Kaylee's father Scott Andrews is also in the RAF regiment, where he is a senior NCO at RAF Marham where he has been based for the last 24 years.