Moor the merrier as soldiers march to help our heroes

Ready: The group get ready for departure
Ready: The group get ready for departure

THEY’VE served their country, braving battle zones across the world, but a group of former and current military men have joined forces to complete a 26 mile charity walk.

The group, aged between 19 and 72 years-old have all served in Yorkshire Volunteers, C Company, 1st Batallion.

They left Halifax last weekend and walked 26 miles over two days across the Yorkshire Moors to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Their oldest member was former cover sergeant 72 year-old John O’Neill.

Andy Charlesworth, 48, completed tours of Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus during his 15 years in the army.

He teamed up with 50 year-old Phil Watson to organise their first charity walk three years ago.

The two former Sgt Majors hope their latest effort will take them over the £20,000 benchmark.

“We never thought we’d raise so much,” said Andy.

“It’s a charity close to all ex-military hearts. It helps all the wounded, and we’ve had a few of our lads who have been in Afghanistan which bring it home,” he said.

Andy’s youngest son, 21 year-old Luke has completed two tours of Afghanistan.

He was among the 34 walkers as they tackled the Yorkshire Moors along with serving member Gaz Roberts, who has served in Afghanistan.

Two years ago Andy and fellow Territorial Army veterans scaled the three peaks of Yorkshire – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – in a day then camped for the night to boost the Help The Heroes Appeal. Their challenge co-incided with the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in the Second World War.

For more details about their fund-raising call Andy on 07745 515242.