Kirk's 47 mile Hunstanton to Cromer walk raises £1,200 for Blesma, a charity which aids limbless veterans

PUBLISHED: 15:33 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34 08 October 2015

Kirk Bowett and Richard Newman

Kirk Bowett and Richard Newman

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A military veteran has raised over £1,200 for charity by undertaking a 47-mile sponsored walk - and even completed it seven hours ahead of schedule.

Kirk Bowett, of Wisbech, journeyed from Hunstanton to Cromer alongside friends and family to raise money for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The national charity directly supports servicemen and servicewomen who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in service.

Kirk, 37, was also joined on his travels by his colleagues from Landmarc Support Services.

The team’s aim was to complete the walk along the Peddars way coastal route, starting at 8am from Hunstanton Lighthouse and reaching Cromer Pier at a deadline of 8am the following day.

However, even after making a detour of nearly three miles when faced with a high tide in the first few miles of the walk, the team managed to complete the challenge in a record time of just 17 hours.

He said he was inspired when he saw other fundraisers completing the walk and wanted to give something back to Blesma in return for the valuable support they provided after a near-fatal incident in Iraq in 2013.

He added: “I have been a member of Blesma for two years.

“After completing 16 years of service with the army back in 2010 I pursued a career in the Middle East as a private security contractor.

“Whilst working in Iraq in 2013 my vehicle was hit by a blast whilst escorting clients to Baghdad

“The incident resulted in serious injuries for me including loss of my left arm below the elbow and the reconstruction of my right foot.”

Since recovering from his injuries he has been welcomed in to a unique club of inspirational individuals.

“Blesma has provided help decorating our new home and in two years I have had the opportunity to visit Colorado twice, on winter and summer expeditions with other injured veterans,” he added.

“Being a veteran in civilian life can be a hard adaptation, and that coupled with limb loss and PTSD can leave people extremely isolated, even if they do not show it on the surface.

“Blesma has enabled me to meet fellow veterans who have developed a unique brother/sisterhood and support network.”

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Kirk-Bowett1

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