A VETERAN Paratrooper and his friends and family braved the rain and hail to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
Former Para Troy Connor, 34, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, organised a 15-mile hike from Halifax to Haworth in aid of The Afghanistan Trust.
Together with his family and friends, including five other ex-military, they trekked through horrendous weather at the weekend.
The total raised is still being totted up but so far is £1,300. Barclays Bank and Lloyds Banking Group have also pledged to add to the total.
Mr Connor said: “It poured it down.
“The weather made it more challenging but it was character-building.
“We all joined together to get through it.
“Everyone completed it.
“It was just a good laugh really.
“We kept each other’s spirits up.
“Everyone put so much effort in it and we’ve raised so much money.”
Mr Connor served with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and later with 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment before joining the Paras and has completed tours of Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Trust supports soldiers who served with the Parachute Regiment in the country who have been wounded or killed.
He said he was thinking about the trust a lot during his walk, to spur him on.
Last year, he completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks for the trust.
“I kept the three peaks walk in the back of my mind during this walk and thought if I could do that, I can do this 15 miles.
“I’m always thinking about The Afghanistan Trust. I’m a veteran Para – they’ve always been my roots.
“You never lose your ties with those guys. They’re still part of my family.
“Even though I’ve come out now, they’re my parent unit it.
“The support they’ve given me has been absolutely phenomenal.
“It’s my turn to give back in the best way I can.”
For more information on the charity visit www.afghanistantrust.org.