Wrexham pupils lose uniforms to support soldiers' walk


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

PRIMARY school pupils have helped to raise sponsorship money for a walk for soldiers injured in combat.

Veterans and serving members of the Welsh Guards are undertaking a 870-mile walk along the Welsh coast to raise £1 million for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.

And pupils at Barkers Lane Primary School in Wrexham have raised more than £300 to help those undertaking the Walk on Wales to reach their target by taking part in a Non-School Uniform Day.

The walk will start on Sunday, August 25, going from Cardiff to Chepstow with 11 teams walking in relay. They will be carrying with them a specially commissioned baton, inscribed with the names of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died in combat since the Second World War.

It will then go from Chester on August 29 before finishing 70 days after it left south Wales back at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff where the baton will be laid to rest.

Helping to organise the North Wales route and undertaking the walk himself is retired Welsh Guards captain Chris Hopkins, 63, from Little Acton in Wrexham.

He thanked pupils from Barkers Lane when he went to collect their cheque and has encouraged as many people as possible to get involved with the walk.

Mr Hopkins said: “They have raised £333.94 by having a non uniform day, usully they pay £1 for it but if they brough £2 they got a wristband but they actually sold out and had to get another box.

“People can join in the walk by making donations and we’re also looking for members of the public to joins us for a day or for as long as they want.

“We’re doing it for the injured in battle and the mentally affected from Wales.”

He added there would be a big fun day when the walk sets off from Chester on August 29, including military attractions, the Welsh Guards band and a fun fair.

The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal helps families and dependants of those killed in action, as well as soldiers injured in combat and their families.

Combat Stress is a charity which specialises in the treatment and support of British armed forces veterans who have mental health problems.

For further information on the walk and how to donate or get involved go to www.walkonwales.org.

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