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Local Hero Walking With The Wounded through Clanfield


  • Author: Geoff Rehr
  • Published: 16th October 2015
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Local Hero Walking With The Wounded through Clanfield

 Ex Royal Marine Alec Robotham has covered almost 700 miles so far as part of the Walking With The Wounded team; but one of the most rewarding days of this gruelling challenge was returning to the area he grew up in.  The team of 6 injured servicemen is raising awareness for the charity which is close to the heart of Prince Harry and is walking a 1000 miles around Britain.  Their epic journey began on 22nd August in Scotland and is due to end on November 1st.  The team of 4 British and 2 US veterans are Stewart Hill, Scott Ransley, Matt Fisher, Kirsty Ennis, Andrew Bement and Alec Robotham.

 Alec was born and raised in Clanfield and still lives in the area.  Alec’s childhood dream was to one day join the Royal Marines, and this dream came true when he passed out of training in 2007 to join 40 Commando.  He was posted to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010 but his career was cut tragically short when he was badly injured by a suicide bomber whilst on a routine patrol.  Alec suffered horrific injuries and underwent major reconstructive surgery and is very lucky not to have lost his right leg.  “The only reason I am alive today is because I was facing away from the bomber and the blast was absorbed by the equipment I was carrying” he said.  Alec sustained multiple wounds to both legs, a severed main artery in his right leg, plus injuries to his left foot, collarbone and his right arm. 

 “I was hoping to remain in The Marines, but it became clear that my injuries were too serious for that to ever happen.  This left me lost, scared and without a plan B, because serving in the Marines was all I ever wanted.  I began to feel depressed and lost until Walking With The Wounded gave me the opportunity to regain my sense of pride.  It is a challenge I desperately needed and I have met the most amazing and inspirational people.  Prince Harry himself joined us on part of the walk and I think if he was able to, he would have joined us for the full 1000 miles.  He is such a genuinely down to earth person” he said.

 Arriving on foot in Clanfield on Saturday was very emotional for Alec, walking through the streets he grew up in.  “The welcome from family and friends and local residents was amazing” said Alec.  “It was a very special day for me personally” he added.  The team was also made welcome with a complimentary drink from Chris Lynch, landlord at The Rising Sun, Alec’s local, where we were able to catch up with the team as they had a well deserved breather.  It was onward from the Rising Sun to East Meon where the villagers put on another warm welcome for the intrepid walkers.

 If you would like to follow the Walk Of Britain for the remaining 300 miles; or make a donation then visit the website www.wwtw.org.uk .  You can also keep in touch with the team via Facebook and Twitter.

For more take a look at this interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhjGcKh9Xxc

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