Friends in heroic 100-mile trek

Eric Beer has organised a 100 mile walk for Help For Heroes.'Pictured L/R: Eric Beer, Vicki Westwood, Colin Hardwick, Katie Rowlinson, Iuliu Mago(corr).
Eric Beer has organised a 100 mile walk for Help For Heroes.'Pictured L/R: Eric Beer, Vicki Westwood, Colin Hardwick, Katie Rowlinson, Iuliu Mago(corr).
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AN intrepid group of friends from Pontefract will walk 100 miles to boost the coffers of Help For Heroes.

The team – including an ex-military man, two policewomen, a bingo worker and a barmaid – will trek across the Peak District over five days and hope to raise £5,000 for the charity.

Eric Beer, 42, who used to serve in the armed forces, said: “We wanted to do something to support the men and women who fight for their Queen and country.

“It’s our way of recognising these heroes and the good work Help for Heroes does for soldiers wounded in action.”

The group – who will be assisted by a support team – will begin their challenge on Monday April 16.

Eric said: “There’s not a lot we can do to train as such, except keep fit, because we won’t know what conditions we’ll be facing until we begin.

“It will be a challenge because there will be big climbs and descents and we won’t know what the weather will be like – but we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve set a £5,000 target and we don’t know if we’ll reach it, but we want to raise as much money as possible for this good cause.

“We’d like to thank The Barracks Wakefield and District Housing independent living scheme for giving us a venue for our meetings as well as The Barracks Community Association, West Yorkshire Police and Edale Mountain Rescue and Rangers for their support.”

An evening of entertainment will be held at Willow Park Social Club to raise cash for the charity on Thursday March 22.

Contact Eric on ericbeer290770@hotmail.com to sponsor the group or for more information.