Preston Man to take on a Charity Hike For Army Veterans Who Have Lost Limbs

Gary Ryan and a team of people will be hiking 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow for the charity Blesma.

The money raised will help provide support to ex-army veterans who have lost limbs in the line of duty.

Blesma is a charity dedicated to rebuilding the lives of these veterans by offering support and advice, putting on activities or helping secure grants.

Gary believes that Blesma is a very worthy cause to raise money for,

“It does fantastic work supporting those who have lost limbs, with rehabilitation and ongoing support to living with these problems,

“These heroes have lost arms and legs by trying to make our world a better and more safe place to live in for us, our children and for generations to come, and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate £5 or £500, Every little bit helps.

“Blesma, as well as being a very worthy cause, has been the official site charity for BAE Systems at Warton and Samlesbury for the last two or three years, which explains why they have been our main chosen beneficiary.”

The challenge was initially cancelled due to concerns over the Corona Virus.

It has now been rescheduled for September 26th but because of reduced daylight hours, the cut off time for the final checkpoint has been brought forward, meaning the challenge will be even harder.

Gary is already an avid hiker,

“I’m in the WPS walking and hiking club (BAE) and a fellow member asked if I’d like to join their team in the charity walk,

“It’s an annual event in which Craig (fellow hiker) had participated in the previous two years and who assured me that although the farthest I’d hiked was the 26 miles Yorkshire 3 peaks circuit last year, I would comfortably manage it in the maximum time allowed.”

Craig on a previous walk

Craig will be part of the team for this years charity walk and speaks very highly of previous years, he said,

“There was a resounding motivational mood throughout. I greatly enjoyed the preparation, the practice walks and, of course, the walk itself, not only because of the final achievement but also because I made new friends and increased my fitness.”

Gary does have an affinity for the charity and the armed forces as his son Joe is in the royal navy and currently serving on the HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier.

You can help Gary reach his target by donating either through his Facebook fundraiser here or directly to the charity page here.


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