A former Chester-based soldier who lost both his legs and eyesight when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan marked the six years since it happened by visiting Chester Racecourse as part of an extraordinary charity challenge.
Shaun Stocker, 25, walked 17km around the course on Sunday (April 10), as part of his 'Stocker's Strides' bid to walk 100km this year to raise £50,000 in aid of Blind Veterans UK.
The ex-Fusilier, who used to be based at Dale Barracks but now lives in Wrexham, will be walking at more events throughout the summer and is inviting members of the public to join him.
Shaun said: “I’m delighted that I was able to walk 17km as the ground was pretty soft which can prove difficult for me.
"It was great to have the support of all my friends and family and that really pushed me on.
“We’ve got more walks coming up over the coming months and I want as many people as possible to join me so we can raise as much money as we can for Blind Veterans UK.”
How can you help Stocker's Strides?
Registration is open for members of the public to join Shaun at his forthcoming walking challenges at Llanberis on May 14, Prestatyn to Rhyl on July 16 and Llandudno Football Club on July 31, where people can choose from a sponsored walk, a super hero sprint option or simply come along to show their support.
To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and to sponsor Shaun, click here.