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Gurkhas push wheelchairs at Spike Island, Widnes

3 elite combat troops have swapped battlefields for a charity wheelchair push in Widnes.

Gurkhas from GCM Brecon pushed wheelchair users from Spike Island to Lymm.

The event was to raise cash for the Gurkha Welfare Trust, the Wrexham and District Physically Disabled and Able Bodied (Phab) group, and the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Seven volunteers also helped.

John Wiggan, organiser, said the event has already raised £2,000 and more cash is set to roll in from sponsors towards their £3,000 target.

Halton mayor Frank Fraser saw off the charity party on Saturday.

They embarked from the Catalyst Museum car park on a trip that finished in Lymm on Sunday.

During the 17-mile journey, the group also stayed at Crown Gate Barracks in Runcorn, base of the 80 Signal Squadron Cheshire Yeomanry.

Mr Wiggan said this year’s wheelchair push was in memory of Martin Bennion.

He was a Wrexham Phab stalwart of more than 20 years, but sadly died last year aged 38 as a result of his spina bifida.

Mr Wiggan said: “Martin Bennion was a great supporter of all the fundraising collections and took part a couple of times a year.

“On this year’s wheelchair push the weather was a bit wet but the Gurkhas were great – they were fine when we got to Warrington because they’re very fit men.

“Hopefully we’ll be back again next year.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor the event should send a cheque payable to Sponsored Wheelchair Push, to John Wiggan, 7 Rossett Way, Little Acton, Wrexham, LL12 8AT.