Serving soldier, Craig Dignam, 53, pledged to walk the 111 miles between Torrox and Gibraltar in just four days to raise funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
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Craig joined the army in 1983 when he was just 17 and has been serving with The Adjutant General Corps since 1992.
He said, “Luckily, I’ve never had to call on SSAFA’s services but throughout my military career SSAFA has always had a huge presence on base. I’ve always taken part in the Big Brew Up campaigns and I’ve heard about the good work they do to help veterans and their families.
“I wanted to raise money for SSAFA because of the work they do with all three services; they help the army, RAF and the navy. I’ve had the pleasure of working with all the services throughout my career and I really wanted to give back and help as much as I could.”
Craig and his nephew Danny, also a serving soldier, worked hard to prepare for the huge challenge.
He said, “Training went really well, and I covered well over 300 miles on training walks. Every day after work I went on a five to eight mile walk and, on the weekends, I walked 10-15 miles.
“We walked 42 miles on the first day of the challenge and 26 miles on the second day, it gradually went down from there. Luckily we had a few days in Gibraltar at the end to recover!”.
Craig’s ‘Walk To The Rock’ fundraiser beat its target of £2000 and has raised £5,500 for SSAFA. Visit www.justgiving.com/craig-dignam3 to donate.