Wiltshire ex-soldier raises money for veterans

Seven members of the Ex-Military Community are running 80 miles in 24 hours with the aim of raising £5000 for homeless veterans. Credit: ITV News West Country

A former soldier from Wiltshire injured by an IED in Afghanistan is getting ready for an 80 mile run to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, a charity that helps homeless veterans.

It may not be obvious but Olly Church's career in the army was brought to an abrupt halt after he stood on a Taliban IED in Helmand Province 10 years ago. He spent months in rehabilitation after his foot had to be rebuilt.

This Christmas he's running 80 miles in 24 hours straight - to raise money for former veterans.

The former Queens Royal Lancers Captain will leave Northampton tomorrow.

He and his team of 6 others will pass along canals and minor roads, through Milton Keynes and Oxford, before ending at his home in Shrivenham.

The 80 mile journey, the runners will aim to complete in 24 hours. The team will leave tomorrow, 17 December Credit: Bing Maps

The run is in aid of Walking with the Wounded, a charity which aims to support wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women outside the military.

To sponsor Olly's non-stop run, find his fundraising page here.

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