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27 February 2017

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Walking in aid of ABF - The Soldiers' Charity

Eleven members of staff from Milton Keynes' inpatient mental health unit are in training for a fundraising "Yomp" that will take them through some of the most picturesque parts of Scotland.

The two Campbell Centre teams, led by CNWL associate practitioner Marty Coldwell, will walk up to 54 miles in 24 hours in aid of ABF(Army Benevolent Tund) The Soldiers' Charity.

They will join hundreds of other teams, military, civilian and corporate.

The Yomp - military jargon for "a march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain" - will take place from 10 June to 11 June in the heart of the Perthshire Hills.

Medals are available for different distances covered from 22 miles for a bronze medal, 36.5 miles for Silver and 54 miles for Gold. The two Campbell Centre teams are aiming to go for a Gold and a Silver medal distance.

The two teams will be aided and abetted by a support team who will make their way to the four check points en route to ensure they have what they need to carry on, especially later when fatigue and tired bodies will need extra motivation.

The idea behind the challenging walk - which will include fun things to do en route such as clay pigeon shooting - was team building.

Marty, who has worked at the Campbell Centre for seven years, said: "Having helped set up the Social and Recovery Team at the Campbell Centre along with colleagues Sally Cutts, Mark Sanderson and Lorna Adams, I wanted to get to know my new colleagues a bit better and bring the team even closer.

"We are already a very close group and work exceptionally well together but everyone agreed it would be a fantastic thing to do. So the idea was set.

"Since the idea took off we have been approached by other members of staff from the Campbell Centre who have asked to join. This is fantastic as we are now represented by most areas in the Campbell Centre.

"Being ex forces (Royal Air Force Regiment) myself I knew that raising funds through challenges would be a great way of team building and getting to know those that we work closely with on a daily basis."

ABF The Soldiers' Charity gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.

It makes grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family', both at home and around the world.

Anyone who wants to sponsor the teams is asked to click on https://secure.soldierscharity.org/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=44003&langpref=en-CA, then click on Sponsor a Friend, then Team Search, and then type Campbell Crew.

Editors' notes

Attached pictures shows some of the Campbell Crew in training

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