After hearing the inspirational story of a soldier from Scole who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, two teenagers from Diss, Ruby Mouser and Kaylee Andrews, both 14, will be walking the Norfolk Coastal Path from Hunstanton to Cromer next month in honour of Sgt Duncan Slater who is set to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole as part of Team Glenfiddich in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
Kaylee’s father is in the forces, and he has served in Afghanistan with Duncan.
Both Diss High School pupils, the girls, who met Mr Slater when he visited their school last month, said his story brought tears to their eyes:
“He visited our school to tell us his story which led to him losing his legs in an IED explosion. Listening to his story on how he has coped in coming to terms with his situation, including him finding out his wife was expecting to have their first child and not being able to attend the scans, moved us to tears. He is now able to walk through the use of prosthetic legs, and is himself, with wounded service personnel representing the UK, USA and the Commonwealth in the 335 km race to reach the South Pole. His walk, like ours, will be to call for public support which wounded servicemen and women need to give them the future that they deserve. Though we are only 14 year-old school girls we want to make a difference by walking the 46.6 mile Norfolk Coastal Path.” – Ruby Mouser and Kaylee Andrews
The walk will take the girls four days and they will be camping along the route. They will be supported by Kaylee’s dad Scott Andrews who is also in the RAF regiment.
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