Sophie’s trek helps heroes

Sophie Warden
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A teenager is walking almost 80 miles across the county to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Sophie Warden, 16, is determined to join the Armed Forces when she leaves school, and is taking on the challenge in an attempt to raise more than £1,500 for the charity.

The youngster, who lives in Cottam, said she wanted to raise cash to support the families of those in the military.

Sophie, a pupil at Kirkham Grammar School, said: “I am doing a 73-mile walk over four days in aid of Help for Heroes.

“We are starting at Fulwood Army Barracks and walking to RAF Leeming in Yorkshire.

“I’ve got a brother in the RAF Regiment and I’m an RAF cadet at school, and I really want to join the Armed Forces.

“So I’ve got a big connection to Help for Heroes and I really admire what they do, so last year I had the crazy idea of ‘Why not?’”

Sophie will set off next Saturday along with her dad, Peter, and a group of friends.

She said: “Because my brother is in the Armed Forces, I know what it’s like, not just for the soldiers themselves, but also for the families at home.

“Help for Heroes is the only charity I’m aware of that provides help for the families of those in the Armed Forces.

“They do great work with people who have come back, but also the families need the support.”

Sophie added: “I want to be a physical training instructor in the RAF.

“Because I’m part of the RAF cadets at school I’ve got really into that.

“I’ve really enjoyed doing the training and different aspects, and also because I do a lot of sport, the PTI route is right in the middle of the two things I enjoy the most.”