British Army veteran turns 68 on charity trek

PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 September 2020 | UPDATED: 09:09 28 September 2020

British Army veteran, Peter Garner, has raised more than £5,900 for Care for Casualties.

British Army veteran, Peter Garner, has raised more than £5,900 for Care for Casualties.

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A British Army veteran and charity fundraiser from Backwell has spent his 68th birthday on a 500-mile pilgrimage in Northern Spain.

A Spanish pueblo at dawn as Peter continues his trek.A Spanish pueblo at dawn as Peter continues his trek.

Currently 19 days into the journey, Peter Garner has trekked 290 miles in 38 degree heat and downpours while following Covid-19 guidelines.

The journey is expected to take 35 days, at a pace of 15 miles each day.

Initially, a target of raising £5,000 had been set for Care for Casualties, a charity for wounded veterans of The Rifles, the British Army’s largest Infantry Regiment.

As it stands, the amount raised is £5,938 – a number Peter does not want to stop at.

Peter, who is celebrating his birthday today (Friday), said: “I hope to pass £6,000 by the time I reach my destination in Santiago de Compostela.

“I am pushing on now with under 300,000 miles to go.”

To donate to Peter’s Camino for Casualties fund, log on to www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterGarner2


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