Following in the fund-raising footsteps: Teenagers to organise Doddington honour march

A TEENAGER will follow in her mother’s fund-raising footsteps when she organises a march in honour of British servicemen.

Paula Knott held Doddington’s first ‘Mini March for Honour’ in 2010, when hundreds of people walked a mile to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The fund-raising total was taken past �1,600 last year, when the village again turned out to show their support for the armed forces.

This year, the march has a new mastermind... 15-year-old Tamar Knott.

“I’m doing my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and part of it is doing volunteering,” she said. “So I thought it would be a good idea to organise the mini march.

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“My mum has been running it for the last couple of years and I’ve been a helping hand.

“But this year she’s going to take a step back and, to be honest, I think she’s a bit relieved!”

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Cromwell Community College student Tamar will run the event with her friend Louise Youles. The pair are busy making posters and leaflets to ensure this march is the biggest yet.

Tamar said: “Both of my parents served in the RAF for a long time so it’s something I feel very passionate about.

“My dad was in the RAF for 23 years and he still works as an engineer at the Ministry of Defence.”

This year’s mini march will take place on November 3, from 10am. It will start in Manor Estate and finish at The George pub, where a raffle will be held.

Tamar has planned a route which will go past Doddington’s golden postbox - painted after sprinter Jonnie Peacock’s stunning success at the London 2012 Paralympics.

She wants walkers to “dig out their flags and Olympic shirts” for the march.

“We would like to invite everyone, regardless of age or ability, to join us,” said Tamar.

“It will be a leisurely stroll around the village to honour our troops who so valiantly serve our country and us.”

The march costs �1 to enter.

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