A former soldier has launched an appeal for a team of fitness fanatics to help him raise thousands of pounds for Armed Forces charities.
Chris Robinson, from Farington, Leyland, who was awarded the British Empire Medal during a 30-year Army career, is gearing up for a fitness drive to raise cash for the Royal British Legion.
Using gym equipment he will simulate a walking, climbing, running and rowing trip which will take him ‘across Europe’, to raise cash and the boost the profile of a charity close to his heart.
Chris’s son Steven who is a serving soldier, suffered serious injuries when he was caught in a bomb blast in Afghanistan and is also battling post-traumatic stress disorder.
His challenge will be based on a similar event he organised while stationed in Rheindahlen, Germany in 2000.
He said: “We started by going up and down Blackpool Tower on the step climber and then we cycled from Blackpool to Dover on the cyclers.
“We then cross the channel from Dover to Calais on the rowing machines and onto Paris to go up and down the Eifel Tower.”
Chris and Steve recently canoed the 10 biggest lakes in the Lake District to raise cash for the Royal British Legion.
Chris has appealed for around 10 people to join the relay and a gym to host the event.
He said: “I will probably be able to have about 10 in the group and Steve will be able to do some.
“And if there is a gym that can host the event, that would be fantastic.”
Next month the Steve and the family will travel to Gibraltar for a holiday funded by the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers.
To get involved call Chris on 07522414536.