Ex-RAF crewman brings national challenge to town

Former RAF crewman Ben Greer, who completed six tours in Afghanistan as a Chinook helicopter crewman, is walking 444 miles across the length and breadth of the UK to raise funds and awareness for the 444 servicemen and women who have so far lost their lives in the conflict. He is pictured with Wellingborough Mayor Graham Lawman and Mayoress Lora Lawman.
Former RAF crewman Ben Greer, who completed six tours in Afghanistan as a Chinook helicopter crewman, is walking 444 miles across the length and breadth of the UK to raise funds and awareness for the 444 servicemen and women who have so far lost their lives in the conflict. He is pictured with Wellingborough Mayor Graham Lawman and Mayoress Lora Lawman.

A former RAF crewman brought his nationwide challenge to Wellingborough.

Ben Greer, who completed six tours in Afghanistan as a Chinook helicopter crewman, has walked 444 miles across the UK to raise funds and awareness for the 444 servicemen and women who have so far lost their lives in the conflict.

He completed the entire distance wearing a 100kg backpack to reflect the weight of an injured soldier being carried from the front line.

Ben visited Wellingborough Council’s Swanspool House recently during the final week of his challenge, which started in March and ended between the Cenotaph and Buckingham Palace.

During his tours in Afghanistan, Ben and his colleagues were responsible for providing civilian and military casualty evacuation from the front line.

He said: “I am walking a mile to honour each and every British service person to have died in Afghanistan, currently sitting around 444.

“Each mile will be done with the weight of a combat soldier, in fighting kit, on my back to simulate evacuation from the battlefield.”