Mother of fallen soldier raises money for Royal Anglian Regiment

A HEARTBROKEN mother who marched through Wisbech in tribute to her son who died in Afghanistan has completed her walk.

Christine Bonner organised the All the 4s sponsored event after her son Darren was killed by a landmine explosion three years ago.

Determined to relieve the “horrific pain” and help other bereaved families, she enlisted the help of dozens of friends and family to raise money for Cpl Bonner’s regiment.

Comrades from the Royal Anglians also joined the walk, which passed Cpl Bonner’s home village of Tydd Gote, to raise money for injured soldiers and bereaved families.

Mrs Bonner said: “Something really positive has come out of something so tragic.

“You can never explain to someone how it feels when your eldest child is killed in a landmine explosion.”

She said one of her main frustrations was feeling “completely useless”, saying: “Everything was totally out of my control.”

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In an emotional conversation with her son’s colonel, she said she just wanted to do something to ease the heartache but confessed: “All I can do is walk.”

That sparked an idea which has raised �89,000 for the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity since it began in 2008.

This year, friends and family will have completed 150 miles by the time they finish in Chelmsford, Essex, on Sunday (July 25).

Ms Bonner said: “Walking with the lads is very therapeutic for me.

“I feel closer to Darren, I feel proud that I am part of the Royal Anglian Regimental Family and know that I will always have people who genuinely care here.”

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