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Staffordshire soldier ignores injury to walk from Walsall to London in 30 hours

By James Vukmirovic | Cannock | News | Published:

A former soldier from Staffordshire has overcome injury to walk 124 miles in 30 hours in the name of charity.

Steve completed his epic walk in 30 hours and 43 minutes

Steve Brandrick, from Cannock, completed his 124-mile walk from Walsall Manor Hospital to Guys Hospital in London this morning.

The former 22 Signal Regiment Corporal radio relay operator did the walk in 30 hours and 43 minutes, despite suffering a shin injury 30 miles into the walk.

The 52-year-old, who has been completing weekend military challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, was able to shake off the pain and keep going, reaching Guys Hospital in Southwark before laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Steve with wife Michaela and Captain Stuart Welton from 22 Signal Regiment at Walsall Manor

He completed the walk while tabbing, a military term for walking at a fast pace with a weighted rucksack, while being supported by motorcyclists from the Royal Signals veterans’ association and his former regiment.

The walk was in aid of NHS Charities and the Royal Signals Charity. Steve had raised more than £1,900 by this morning.

A spokesman for Walsall Manor Hospital said: "Huge congratulations to fundraising hero Steve Brandrick, who has walked from Walsall Manor Hospital to London in 30 hours and 43 minutes.

"Poor Steve suffered a shin injury 30 miles in, but refused to give up."

Steve said he would continue to do challenges to raise funds for both charities until there were zero deaths from Covid-19.

To find out more about Steve and to donate to his challenges, go to justgiving.com/Stephen-Brandrick2 or uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenBrandrick/5

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Wolverhampton. Contact me at james.vukmirovic@expressandstar.co.uk.

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