Remembrance Sunday: Nine-year-old boy walks for heroes

MANY people will be attending Remembrance Sunday ceremonies this weekend, but one youngster will be walking eight miles to get to his local one.

In a tribute to fallen heroes and to also raise cash for injured soldiers, nine-year-old Harry Tomlinson will be walking from Carver Barracks to St Mary’s and St Clements Church in Clavering.

He will take on the 8-mile trek on Sunday morning and is hoping to time it just right so that as he arrives in the village before the two-minute silence at 11am.

His proud father Andrew said: “Harry is a member of 1st Clavering Cubs who promote a strong ethos of community spirit.

“The pack will be on parade again this year for the Remembrance Day service at our local church.


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“This year Harry wanted to raise money for Help for Heroes and came up with this idea. I‘ll be proud to join him on his venture.

“We‘ll be setting off very early and, although it’s a long way for a nine-year-old, I‘m sure Harry will be at the church on time.

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“I hope the local and extended community support him by sponsoring his efforts.”

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and provides direct, practical support to those injured in the current conflicts.

So far Harry has raised over �160, but would like more donations online and in person.

He said: “Thank you to everyone that has supported me on my sponsored walk so far. I shall be walking from Carver Barracks to Clavering Church leaving at about 6am.

“Hopefully I will be in time to join cubs and The Royal British Legion members on parade before the Remembrance Day Service”.

Anyone wishing to donate can log onto bmycharity.com/harrytomlinsonchallenge

Remembrance Sunday is the nearest Sunday following November 11 and is known as Armistice Day, marking the end of the First World War.

For a round up of Remembrance Sundays see page 15. After the event send us your pictures for a round up in next week – e-mail editor@saffronwalden-reporter.co.uk.

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