Army man’s gruelling prom walk

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IT’S designed to save his life – so in his job as an army bomb disposal expert Daniel Carter is grateful to be wearing his body armour.

IT’S designed to save his life – so in his job as an army bomb disposal expert Daniel Carter is grateful to be wearing his body armour.

But completing an eight-mile walk along Blackpool Promenade was made all the more gruelling when he opted to don the 40kg (88lbs) of heavy duty kit for the charity trek.

The fearless Army sergeant joined other fundraisers for the walk from the Metropole Hotel to Cleveleys and back in aid of Trinity Hospice.

Daniel, 33, who grew up in Cleveleys, has been in the Army for 16 years during which time he has completed three tours of Afghanistan.

He said: “I try and take part in a charity event once a year and in the past I have concentrated on Help For Heroes.

“But this year I thought I would focus on something local to my home town and Trinity Hospice is a very worthwhile cause.

“The suit weighs 40kg and it’s designed to protect you walking to and from an explosive device, not while you’re working on top of it because nothing is going to save you then.

“Normally you would only walk a distance of 100 metres in it because you don’t want to degrade your mental state by walking too far in it in that situation.

“So it’s a challenge to walk this kind of distance in it because it is uncomfortable.”

The suit includes a helmet with a built-in respirator.

Daniel, who is part of 11 Explosive Ordinance Disposal Regiment based in London, completed the walk in just over two-and-a-half hours.

He said: “The last mile was really tiring, but it was fantastic and everyone got lots of support along the way.”

One of Daniel’s next military missions will be as part of the team helping protect the London Olympics from potential bomb threats.

His sister Vicky Neame also took part in the charity walk, and his mum Sandra has raised £700 in sponsorship from her civil service work colleagues at Norcross.

The walk was organised by Kirk Elliott, 27, who runs Pro Muscle Products in Church Street, Blackpool, in memory of his mum Norma-Jean who died of cancer in Trinity Hospice last May.

He said: “I wanted to do something because the hospice helps so many people and they really need the support of people to raise money.”