March to Aldbourne boosts soldiers’ fund

This Is Wiltshire: Colin Buckingham, Rob Stroud, Bruce Steggles, Richard Miller, from The Soldiers’ Charity, Peter Davies, Tim Souch and Adam Ireland with a cheque for £1,245 from the summer march Colin Buckingham, Rob Stroud, Bruce Steggles, Richard Miller, from The Soldiers’ Charity, Peter Davies, Tim Souch and Adam Ireland with a cheque for £1,245 from the summer march

Members of the Screaming Eagles Living History Group presented their chosen charity with a cheque for £1,245 which they raised through their annual march.

The money was presented to The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, at a ceremony outside the Crown Inn in Aldbourne.

Bruce Steggles, one of the organisers, said: “Roger Miller from the charity came to accept the money and we were pleased with the amount we raised. Hopefully when we do it again next year we can raise a bit more, whether it’s for this charity or another one.”

The march raised an additional £1,400, which will be put towards erecting a memorial at Littlecote to honour members of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, of whom the march is in memory. For four years members of the Screaming Eagles Living History Group have dressed up in the uniform of 506 Parachute Regiment and marched between Littlecote to Aldbourne.

Previously the march has raised funds for Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal.

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