Alex Hanbury’s 400 mile walk from Coldstream to London for DDMT
3 – 19 April 2014
Seventeen-year-old Alex Hanbury, a sixth form pupil at Radley College, spent his Easter Holidays with a difference. On 3rd April 2014, Alex set out from the town of Coldstream on the border with Scotland to walk the 400 miles to London, attracting publicity in the form of a piece in Country Life, two Radio interviews and donations by numerous well-wishers, many of whom had never heard of the work of DDMT, not to mention raising a fantastic amount of money on-line.
Alex, who had never walked such a distance before, followed the route taken by General Monck and the men of the Coldstream Guards in January 1660 when they made their historic march on London to restore King Charles II to the throne. This route is roughly straight down the A1 but Alex managed to plan the trip so that it took in plenty of country roads and tracks.
Alex’s father James and grandfather, Ben, both served in the Coldstream Guards which Alex himself hopes to join after university. He used the 400 mile walk to raise around £10,000 in aid of the Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust. Father, James, accompanied Alex for much of the route.
Alex said before he set off: “I pass Dougie’s portrait every day when I am at school. His courage is an inspiration to me. This will be a massive challenge but walking 25 miles a day I hope I can complete the distance in 16 days and, by raising money for the Dougie Dalzell Trust help others at the same time too.”
We are immensely grateful to Alex and his family for helping to raise money for the Trust. Without the efforts and generosity of others we would be unable to carry out our important work supporting service families of the bereaved or seriously injured returning form operations.