Julian starts his 320km challenge

Julian started his challenged this past week
Julian started his challenged this past week

A former soldier has started his walk from the most westerly point in mainland Scotland to Stonehaven in aid of charity.

Ex-corporal Julian Burdett ,who was wounded in the Falklands in 1982, is to raise cash for two armed forces charities in Erskine and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).

Erskine provides specialist nursing and dementia care for former members of the armed forces and RMCTF is run by the Royal Marines for serving and retired personnel.

Starting at Ardnamurchan Point on Tuesday, Julian will tackle 28 munros along the way including Ben Nevis - a munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3000ft.

He will travel over 320km on his challenge and is looking to finish in Stonehaven by July 12.

Speaking to the Leader and Observer prior to departure, he said that he wished to raise as much money as possible for the charities.

And he added: “I’m quite nervous just now as this challenge is very important to me.

‘‘I was wounded in 1982 and the charity helped me a lot back then so I want to help them by raising funds.

“These guys have been through a tough time, need help and hopefully I can raise some cash.

“This is also a personal challenge for me.

‘‘I want to see if I can do it and I want to see if I am able to.”

n You can read more of Julian’s challenge and donate funds to him by visiting his virgin money giving profile at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JulianBurdett