A WOMAN is taking on the challenge of walking 100 miles throughout March in aid of a military charity.

Marjorie Holbrough, 59, from Chester-le-Street, is helping to raise funds to support veterans across the region.

The 59-year-old, who comes from a military family, is walking as part of a campaign organised by Blind Veterans UK.

She said: “I followed all the coverage in November around the centenary marking the end of the First World War and I became aware of the wonderful work that Blind Veterans UK do to support ex-military personnel.”

“My dad was a Royal Marine Commando, I married a soldier and our son is currently serving in the army, so you might say I have a bit of a connection to the military.

“I am fortunate in that everyone I know has come out of service relatively unscathed but I think it’s important to keep supporting veterans now and in the future.”

Blind Veterans UK, who support ex-servicemen and women who have lost their sight, are encouraging others to join Mrs Holbrough, brave the cold weather and get walking.

Participants can choose to split the walking into several 15 minute chunks throughout the week or could prefer to take long country walks on the weekend, meaning there are different ways to achieve the final goal.

Mrs Holbrough added: “I want to try new things and I’m up for anything, within reason.

“I’ve never done any physical challenges for charity before, I saw this 100 mile walk and I thought it sounded like a great first challenge.”

Visit: blindveterans.org.uk/marchforveterans