Veteran is taking on a new challenge to raise money for charity

George Dorling is undertaking a walk around Stanley Park for 24 hours to raise money for veterans

George Dorling is undertaking a walk around Stanley Park for 24 hours to raise money for veterans

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For George Dorling a walk around Stanley Park for 24 hours is literally a ‘walk in the park’ compared to the battlefield of Sierra Leone.

A veteran of the parachute regiment, he served for 17 years with eight active tours including four tours in Northern Ireland as well as Iraq, Sierra Leone, the Gulf war, Bosnia, and Macedonia.

George is now giving up his free time to walk around Stanley Park.

The 44-year-old from Blackpool said: “I will not give up until I have done the full 24 hours, if I have to limp to the end I will.”

The endurance walk over today and tomorrow is to raise vital funds to support casualties of the Second Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment and other Masonic and non-Masonic charities.

George believes he will walk potentially 80 miles non-stop around Stanley Park which is a 2.3 mile circuit.

He will have to change his socks at least eight times and he will have to use anti chafing cream on his legs to avoid skin irritation.

George has done similar walks for charity before and hopes to raise around £3,000 as he did last time.

He will be carrying 25 kilograms in his rucksack to make the walk more challenging.

After retiring from the pathfinders, in the parachute regiment, as section commander he then went on to be a body guard for high profile politicians and has a book coming out soon called ‘Beyond the Firm’ which talks about his life story when he started out as a football hooligan for Millwall.

If you would like to sponsor George for his challenge, contact the Rectitude Lodge 4122, 203 St Walburgas Road, Blackpool.