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Eddie Craven makes his way to Mablethorpe as part of his 11,000 mile coastal journey for Veterans Aid

Eddie Craven is walking the entire coast of Britain raising awareness for ex-service personnel and is hoping to raise as much funds as possible for Veterans Aid. Photo: Chloe West.

Eddie Craven is walking the entire coast of Britain raising awareness for ex-service personnel and is hoping to raise as much funds as possible for Veterans Aid. Photo: Chloe West.

An ex-military serviceman is trekking around the coast of Britain to help raise awareness and funds for ex-service personnel.

Eddie Craven, 39, made it to Mablethorpe on Saturday from Exeter, where he began his journey three months ago in August.

Mablethorpe is just one of many coastal stop off’s that he’ll pass on his 11,000 mile journey with nothing but the small amount of possessions he carries on his back.

After one failed attempt due to injury, Eddie is now back in his boots with a glimmer of determination in his eye to finish off the charity crusade he started. Eddie was part of the Duke of Wellington’s Yorkshire Regiment and actively served in Bosnia and Northern lreland until 1995.

Eddie has suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has met similar people along the way in the same boat as him.

Eddie said: “As a survivor of what has happened to me, I feel utterly compelled to make a difference.

“I have been living rough for years and I felt like now was the time to give something back, I’m feeling good at the moment and I’m ready for the cold winter nights ahead.

“I am walking to help raise awareness for ex-servicemen and women who have been through the difficulties that I have been through and I’m trying to raise as much money as possible for Veterans Aid. “

He also said: “This charity is small in comparison to others out there, but makes a massive difference. If enough money is raised, it would be great to set up a hostel for those in difficulty.”

“Someone said to me I must either be mad or very passionate, I think it’s a combination of the two.

“I’m not a great people person, and not everyone will agree with what I have to say, but to me I am raising funds for a very worthy cause and that should be all that matters.”

Help Eddie in his crusade to make a difference for the people who have been hit hard with difficulty after coming out of the forces.

Anyone who would like to donate towards the cause, can visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Eddie-Coast.

 

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