WOUNDED servicemen will stop off in Tarporley for a well-earned break as part of their £1m charity challenge to drive a replica First World War horse-drawn ambulance the length of Britain.

Horses Help Heroes is a challenge involving a team of 10 servicemen and a support crew bidding to travel 1,000 miles non-stop from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 10 days.

The world record attempt for carriage driving, which starts at 9am on Tuesday aims to raise £1m for Help for Heroes, which supports our wounded servicemen and women.

On Friday, June 24 the carriage will travel through Shropshire before reaching Tarporley at about 8pm having racked up 415 miles on the road.

There will be a drinks and canapés reception in The Swan Hotel’s historic Hunt Room from 7pmwhere people can meet some of the team.

Tickets are £40 per person with half donated to Help for Heroes.

Tarporley Hunt Club honorary secretary Bill Spiegelberg, who has organised the reception, said: “I hope the people of the village turn out to see them.”

Village correspondent and community stalwart Ernest Boynes said: “All those who live in Tarporley and district are encouraged to raise funds through the Royal British Legion, Rotary, Scouts, Army Cadets, schools and other organisations in and around the village.

“Their endeavours would be greatly appreciated. Let Tarporley once again demonstrate its fundraising ability and show its appreciation of the superb service our armed forces provide.”

To buy a ticket for the reception contact Susan Edge, function and reservations manager at The Swan Hotel, on 01829 733838 or email info@theswantarporley.co.uk. For more information about the challenge visit www.horseshelpheroes.org.uk.