Teen cadets from Grantham to walk the Viking Way for Jonathan Wigley charity

Daniel fay and Matt Smith plan to walk the Viking Way in July.
Daniel fay and Matt Smith plan to walk the Viking Way in July.
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Two teenage cadets from Grantham are to walk the entire 147-mile length of the Viking Way to raise money for charity.

The pair, who are cadets with 47F Grantham Squadron, are aiming to raise money for the charity SHRAPNEL.

The charity was set up by the mother of Grantham soldier Jonathan Wigley - a former 47F cadet - who was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan as a Royal Marine in 2006.

The charity was set up in his name.

Every year Jonathan’s mother Sharon Wigley travels back to Grantham from her home in Hampshire for the squadron’s annual awards and to present the “Jonathan Wigley Award” for the best all-round cadet.

It was from these visits that 16-year-old Daniel Fay of Sunningdale, Grantham and 19-year-old Matt Smith of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, heard about the work of SHRAPNEL and decided to raise money for the charity.

Gary Allen of 47F Grantham Squadron said: “Both are keen walkers and have set themselves a challenge to walk the length of the Viking Way in just four days.

“They will each carry their own personal tent and all of the provisions needed for the journey.”

From July 22 to July 25 the two cadets will walk from the Viking Way’s beginning at the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire to its end in Oakham, Rutland.

The charity aims help servicemen injured serving their country who require help paying for a wheelchair.

SHRAPNEL was set up in 2009 when Sharon was told of a young Royal Marine who had lost both his legs and was trying to raise funds for a specialised wheelchair but found that a number of large charities were unable or unwilling to help.

To find out more about Daniel and Matt’s fund-raising walk, or to pledge money in support of their efforts, log on to the website: bmycharity.com/vikingchallenge

To find out more about SHRAPNEL, log on to the website: shrapnelonline.org.uk