Gruelling charity trek in fallen soldier’s memory

L/r James Shepherd, Roger Laidlaw and Barry Gibson are doing a 61 mile run to raise money for Care for Casualties Rifle Regiments charity. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0453MB
L/r James Shepherd, Roger Laidlaw and Barry Gibson are doing a 61 mile run to raise money for Care for Casualties Rifle Regiments charity. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0453MB

A TEAM of intrepid prison workers are preparing to embark on a 61 mile charity trek in memory of fallen soldier Liam Maughan.

James Shepherd, Roger Laidlaw and Barry Gibson who all work with Liam Maughan’s parents Andrea and Dave at HMP Lindholme will take on the challenge on Saturday in aid of The Rifles charity Care for Casualties.

The course, named the Fellsman, will see the trio cover more than 60 miles in 24 hours over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales.

Roger completed the event last year.

He said: “We feel a real affiliation to this charity and when we approached Andrea and Dave about doing it they were over the moon.

“It’s nice to be able to do it in Liam’s memory and I think that will give us the extra incentive we need to keep going.”

The 18-year-old soldier, of 3 Rifles, was killed in Helmand Province in March 2010 just days before he was due to return home to Hatfield to see his newborn son Jaden.

The former Hatfield Visual Arts College pupil is the only Doncaster serviceman to die in Afghanistan.

To sponsor the team visit http://www.justgiving.com/lindholmemountaingoats