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Ramble honours troops’ sacrifice

By Natasha Swift 4th October 2017

Ramble honours troops’ sacrifice

A WOMAN from Mevagissey is following in the footsteps of soldiers who fought during the First World War by walking more than 60 miles along the frontline to raise money for charity.

Barbara Hocking is trekking 100km across the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium over three days from next Wednesday in aid of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The walk along the Western Front is also to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War as well as helping to support soldiers and veterans of today.

Barbara said she had decided to take on the challenge, which starts at Lochnagar Crater and will finished at the Menin Gate with the ceremony of the Last Post, in remembrance and gratitude to the British forces who fought to ensure the security and safety of residents.

She said: “I wanted to do this walk in remembrance of my great uncle Charles Strevens, who died at the end of WWI and my grandfather who was injured in France 1918. And many other relatives who have given service to our British forces.

“None of us are untouched by the moving tails of the sacrifices made by our British forces. In Mevagissey we have our own hero Elijah Cooper Bond who was sadly killed in action in Afghanistan at the young age of 24 years old.”

Barbara has been in training for the trek since January with 18 mile walks around local roads and trails.

She leaves for London next Tuesday and will be heading to Wellington Barracks on Horse Guards Parade the following day.

Barbara told the Voice: “We commence our first days walk on October 12 and 13 and final push on the 14th finishing at the Menin Gate for last post ceremony where the walkers lay a reef in remembrance to those fallen.”

Barbara set a target of £1,250 but has raised £1,840 through donations from family andfriends and fundraising in the village.

She said: “It’s been overwhelming the generosity of others in giving to a heart felt cause when there are so many needy charities.”

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barbarahocking

By Natasha Swift 4th October 2017

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