Walkers honour the Armed Forces with march around country park

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An army of walkers were out in force to support the work of The Royal British Legion and honour the Armed Forces.

About 45 people braved the wet weather to march round Bedford Priory Country Park, raising more than £650 for the Legion.

The Honour Walk was organised by community fundraiser for Bedfordshire Royal British Legion Michael Lewis.

He said: “Everyone here is walking to show their support for someone, be it a family member or a friend, that they know who has served their country.

“The Legion spends 1.4 million every week on welfare services and we’re hoping the money we raise will go a little way to helping them carry out this vital work.”

The walkers’ efforts were boosted by a further £175, donated by the staff and pupils of Robert Bruce Middle School, Kempston, which held a non-uniform day.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

After the Honour Walk on Saturday, April 11, Michael said: “As an ex-soldier from 2 Para and injured in Afghanistan, the Legion has helped me through my recovery and getting me where I am today.

“I can honestly say the money really does help the wounded, injured and sick members of our Armed Forces and their families.”

For more information, go to www.britishlegion.org.uk