Marching into boost for rehab

Sgt Rick Clement with Aaron Tomkinson (left) and Danny Royle, at half time in the Blackpool v Derby County game.
Sgt Rick Clement with Aaron Tomkinson (left) and Danny Royle, at half time in the Blackpool v Derby County game.
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A fund-raising march proved a poignant challenge for Fylde soldier Aaron Tompkinson.

For some of the cash from the 24-mile hike will go to a rehabilitation unit where Aaron received treatment himself following a road accident which left him in a coma.

Aaron, 40, from Bispham, who is serving in the Royal Artillery based in Portsmouth, joined Danny Royle, also from Blackpool, who is with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, to walk from Fleetwood to Lytham.

They hope to raise around £1,500 from the trek which culminated in a lap of honour during Blackpool FC’s game against Derby on Saturday.

Some of the funds raised will be donated to the Headley Court Rehabilitation Unit in Surrey, where Aaron was treated after being hit by a mini-bus.

He said: “A few days after I completed a similar walk last year, I was knocked down on the Promenade, near the Metropole Hotel.

“I suffered head and shoulder injuries and was in a coma for two days.

“I am still undergoing treatment, but it felt great to be able to complete this year’s walk and give something back.”

The march, during which Aaron and Danny both also carried 40lb packs, was organised as part of the Blackpool-based Soldier’s Journey charity, organised by Sgt Rick Clement, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

He said: “Both lads did really well.”

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