Sponsored walk to support veterans of The Rifles

The Rifles marched through Lyme Regis in September 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War (photo by Richard Austin)

MORE than 200 veterans, military service personnel and supporters will be arriving in Lyme Regis on Sunday, September 19 as they complete a 50-mile sponsored walk from Lulworth Cove.

The Jurassic Coast March will raise funds and awareness for The Rifles Regimental Trust’s Care for Casualties Appeal, supporting those from The Rifles with injuries and PTSD.

Speaking on the cause, one of the organisers said: “Every year, we lose brothers and sisters who return from conflict that struggle with their demons and injuries and suffer from the dreaded PTSD, that ends in them taking their life.

“When you ask a veteran when they were last there, in many cases the answer would be ‘every night’.

“The military train you to go to war, but no one trains you to come home!”

The march will start at 9.30am at Lulworth Cove on Friday, September 17th with a Drumhead service at Lulworth Cove in remembrance to those lost.

Walkers will be staying overnight in Weymouth and West Bay before finishing in Lyme Regis on Sunday, September 19, expected to arrive from 3.30pm.

Collections will be made en route or donations can be made by clicking here.

After arriving in the town, the walkers are set to regroup at Lyme Regis Football Club for refreshments before completing the march together by heading down the Charmouth Road car park steps to East Cliff Walk and along the seafront to the lifeboat station.

The clubhouse bar will be open and supporters are welcome to attend.

Lyme Regis granted the Freedom of the Borough to the Dorset Regiment in 1945, and today is one of 12 towns in Dorset which has granted Freedom to its successor regiment, The Rifles.

The county regiment marched through the town with full band and bugles in September 2018 as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

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