War veteran marks 90th birthday with Help for Heroes walk

Veteran Maynard Follett is celebrating his 90th birthday by attempting to raise �1,000 for Help For Heroes. He is pictured with Ryan Vladi, 10, and Nancy Truman, 11
Veteran Maynard Follett is celebrating his 90th birthday by attempting to raise �1,000 for Help For Heroes. He is pictured with Ryan Vladi, 10, and Nancy Truman, 11
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An 89-year-old war veteran is marking his 90th birthday by walking as many miles in just 30 days.

Maynard Follett is hoping to raise £1,000 by walking 90 miles around Kettering in the month leading up to his 90th birthday on July 1.

As well as collecting sponsorship from family and friends, he is hoping to collect money for Help For Heroes from the people he sees on his travels as he clocks up the miles around his hometown.

He is raising money for Help For Heroes, which is a charity that he has supported for several years.

Maynard said: “I wanted to do something for my birthday but I didn’t want any presents or a party so this was a way I could give some extra to Help For Heroes.

“That was before Christmas and since then it has escalated.

“I have raised over £600 already but I’m aiming for £1,000.

“It’s just three miles a day but I have to fit it in with other things I am doing, like going to the hospital and appointments.

“I am aiming for 90 miles in 30 days, and I had done 17 miles up to last week.

“But it’s not a race.”

Maynard served in the Second World War, seeing action in Italy and postings in North Africa, Greece and India.

He went along to Wicksteed Park on Friday to speak to schoolchildren enjoying an educational event at the park about the D-Day landings.

Maynard will also be attending the Wicksteed At War event this weekend and it is hoped visitors to the Kettering park event will walk with him in support of his fundraising challenge.

The veteran has raised nearly £700 so far for Help for Heroes, which provides practical support for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, including those suffering with post traumatic stress disorder.

He said people have been very supportive of his sponsored walk, even those in their gardens asking what he is doing and why before making a donation.

If you would like to support Maynard, visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Follett and click the blue donate button to start.

Donations can also be made using a mobile phone by sending a text to 70070 with the following message followed by the amount you would like to donate, such as MAYN90 £5.

You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by text.