Prince Harry joins Walking With Wounded Walk in West Norfolk

Walking with the Wounded in Hunstanton. from left Kirstie Ennis, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley, Mayor of Hunstanton Andrew Murray, Andrew Bement, Stewart Hill and Matt Fisher. MLNF15EB10740 www.touwnandaround.net ANL-151020-180701001

Walking with the Wounded in Hunstanton. from left Kirstie Ennis, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley, Mayor of Hunstanton Andrew Murray, Andrew Bement, Stewart Hill and Matt Fisher. MLNF15EB10740 www.touwnandaround.net ANL-151020-180701001

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A nationwide walk of ex-servicemen left terribly scarred by war passed through West Norfolk this week bring crowds out on to the street.

And at Little Walsingham today they were even joined by a very special support, Prince Harry.

On Monday, day 59 of the 1,000-mile fundraising trek around Britain for Walking with the Wounded began in Hunstanton and the Mayor Andrew Murray, residents and Year 7 of Smithdon High School, greeted the walkers and their support team.

The five men and one woman have already completed 800 miles of this epic challenge and Monday’s walk to Holkham added another 17 miles to the total.

The team were Alec Robotham, Matt Fisher, Scott Ransley, Stewart Hill, Andrew Bement and Kirstie Ennis.

Speaking at Hunstanton Town Hall before the day’s walk Mr Hill said: “We are doing the best we can; we are representing those former service personnel who have received help from Walking with the Wounded, a charity that raises funds to help wounded serviceman and women find careers post-injury.

“Each of the team has overcome personal challenges to participate in this walk; Kirstie has had 38 surgeries and 10 days after this walk is complete she will be having her 39th operation; she is in constant pain and if she takes her leg brace off can only walk a few yards.

“Matt is in constant pain too, his leg was amputated, the bones fused and the muscle wrapped around the wound.

“His prosthetic leg allows him to walk and run again but it certainly wasn’t designed for a 1,000 mile walk!

“Alec’s leg has been rebuilt using some of his stomach and Scott lost an eye whilst dismantling an IED making facility.

“The bravery of Andrew astounds me; he suffers from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and has the most dreadful nightmares after three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Mr Hill’s own injuries were also a result of the Afghanistan campaign in 2009 and he has lived with a traumatic brain injury and hearing loss ever since.

Having started in Scotland on August 22 these heroes will have completed 1,000 miles by the time they reach the Mall on November 1. Mr Fisher said: “The weeks are going by really quickly and the finish line is just about in sight.”

The walk went through Burnham Market after leaving Hunstanton and on Tuesday, day 60 of the walk, they strolled through Walsingham – where Harry joined them – on the way to Melton Constable.