A PENSIONER who set off from Chester has vowed to walk 200 miles through five counties over 16 days in support of the Mercian Regiment.
Enid Corker, aged 71, will walk through Cheshire and the other ‘Mercian’ counties with support from soldiers to raise awareness of the sacrifices the regiment has made and the work done by the Mercian Regimental Benevolence Charity.
She departed from Chester Town Hall on Saturday, August 31, and will continue through Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to finish in Worcestershire; passing through a number of major towns on the way.
In each of the five counties, she will present a memorial scroll to the Lord Lieutenant containing the names of all of those Mercian personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice and remembering all those who have been injured.
Enid, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, said: “The idea was to do a physically challenging event which would pass through the Mercian counties which would involve serving members of the regiment and allow the populations of the counties to understand the sacrifices made.”
She will be accompanied by soldiers from all three battalions for different stages of the walk, but will be completing the whole 200-mile trip with no rest days herself.
Enid completed a 35-day expedition to Everest Base Camp last year in support of the Mercian Regimental Benevolence Charity.