Andrew soldiering on for Help The Heroes

Andrew Wilkinson is walking the three peaks and the distance between them in aid of Help The Heroes
Andrew Wilkinson is walking the three peaks and the distance between them in aid of Help The Heroes
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A former soldier will don his army uniform once more as he attempts to scale the Three Peaks.

Andrew Wilkinson, 45, of Crown Street, Farington, will attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 20 days.

Andrew, who was in the Army for three years, will be raising money for Help for Heroes.

The 45-year-old will be camping in a small man-made hut and he will be living off meagre army rations for the entire time.

He said: “This type of challenge has never been done before.

“I will be doing it in a full army uniform and I will be carrying everything on my back.

“This sort of charity challenge will give people an idea of what men do in the army, this is associated with the charity.”

Andrew will be carrying more than 100 pounds on his back and he has taken one year to plan the trek, and will begin on March 4, 2015.

Andrew has allowed himself enough time to complete the challenge in case the weather is against him.

He added: “It’s kind of scary thinking about it.

“This challenge will just be me on my own.

“There will be no people around me, no support team, and I’ll have different obstacles to overcome.

“Things like tiredness and fatigue will all be factors.

“But I hope to raise £3,000 from the challenge.”

Andrew has had plenty of support on social media sites and on Twitter.

And after the Three Peaks, he already has his eyes set on more challenges.

He added: “Camilla Parker-Bowles and Bear Grylls have retweeted me on Twitter to show their support.

“After the Three Peaks, I’m planning to do the Scottish coast-to-coast challenge.

“That will be for the Colostomy Association to help raise awareness.”

If you want to donate to Andrew, log on to www.justgiving.co.uk/andrew.wilkinson17.