Safe arrival for veteran after 500 mile charity walk

Rory Wheaton, safely home on the Isle of Wight.
Rory Wheaton, safely home on the Isle of Wight.

More than a month after he set off on a 500 mile-long walk for charity, Rory Wheaton has safely arrived on the Isle of Wight.

Proud stepdad Les Eldridge and Rory’s mum Carol were among those cheering him on – and welcoming him in Sandown this week.

Rory Wheaton set off from the Peak District on August 29 and has raised thousands of pounds for veterans’ mental health charity, Combat Stress.

The photographer walked via Wales’ Brecon Beacons to the south coast of England, before finishing on the Island.

Rory Wheaton.

On his fundraising page (CLICK HERE), Rory wrote: “It’s been a long time since I’ve challenged myself physically and my waistline is showing it.

“I love a good hike and walking has always been something that I’ve found is profoundly good for my health, both in body and mind, so I thought why not walk from North England (where I’m currently living) to my motherland on the Isle of Wight.”

Himself a veteran, Rory also went on to become a mental health nurse.

He said: “This is a cause I feel very personally connected to, having seen and known men and woman that have struggled with their mental health due to these circumstances.”

As he walked, Rory posted stories to his Instagram account, No Shots Given, and you can follow him HERE.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For over a century, they’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict.

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