A BRIDGWATER man is running 50 miles as part of the Walking Home For Christmas campaign to support ex-servicemen and women who are alone at Christmas.

Graham Mckenna who got involved because of his military background, will be running from Corsham to Bridgwater to raise funds.

The event was kicked off by ex-England footballer and winner of Channel 4’s celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins show, Wayne Bridge, and will see thousands of people doing their own walks across the UK to raise vital funds for employment, mental health and care coordination support for veterans and their families who are in need.

Graham is using his 50 mile walk home from work as training for a record-breaking marathon attempt early next year.

He said: “I’ve walked in more dangerous places alongside these veterans so I wanted to do my bit and set myself a challenge”.

His walk will take place on Saturday, December 21, and you can join him, donate or find out how to do your own walk by visiting walkinghomeforchristmas.com/users/graham-mckenna.

Ed Parker, CEO of Walking With The Wounded said: “Every walk, big or small, can make a difference.

"It’s about creating a story that resonates with you and your network and sparks donations.

"That’s what is so special, and fun about the campaign.

"People carry home Christmas trees, walk their age, write virtual messages with their walk and all have a memorable time doing good."

The campaign invites anyone to register for free, receive a branded Santa hat and do a sponsored walk home or somewhere important to them anytime between December 12 and 22.

The event is aiming to support 400 ex-servicemen and women who are socially isolated, struggling with their mental health, homeless or caught in police custody – and get them back into employment and independence.