Shaun’s effort raises money for Royal British Legion
Published on: 26 Nov 2013
AMONG the ex-servicemen joining the parade and service was Shaun Paddison, a former member of the Royal Logistics Corp.
Shaun, 44, walked an 11-mile route from Chipping Sodbury to Staple Hill carrying a back-pack weighing 111lbs to raise money for this year’s Poppy Appeal.
His Herculean effort captured the imagination of the public, raising an impressive £829.
Shaun set off in darkness from his home in Shortwood at 6.30am to ensure he reached the Royal British Legion in time for the 10.30am parade to Page Park.
“The first four miles were not too bad,” he said.
“I stopped for about two minutes to change my wet tee-shirt as I was getting sores on the base of my back where the back-pack had been rubbing.
“It seemed to go really fast after that. A couple of people I met when I was promoting the walk at Sainsbury’s turned up to cheer me along which was a really nice surprise and helped to drive me on.
“The hardest bit for me was when I turned left by the Cross Hands and went up the hill. That last mile was tough.”
Shaun was treated to a huge welcome and a quick cup of tea when he reached the Royal British Legion in Staple Hill before joining the parade for the final leg of his challenge.
He said: “It was such an achievement when I finished that I just felt elated and really proud of myself that I’d raised a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause.
“The Royal British Legion does so much, not only for soldiers who have been injured during conflict, but also for their families. Whether it’s a widower or a family who has fallen on hard times, they are always there to give a helping hand.”