Walking soldier mum arrives in Hemel

Christine Bonner is walking 150 miles for an armed forces charity. She arrived in Hemel Hempstead on Friday, August 17.
Christine Bonner is walking 150 miles for an armed forces charity. She arrived in Hemel Hempstead on Friday, August 17.

A mum who is pounding the pavement in memory of her soldier son arrived in Hemel Hempstead today (Friday).

Christine Bonner is walking 150-miles over 10 days across Beds, Herts and Essex to raise cash for The Royal Anglian Benevolent Charity.

She reached Hemel Hempstead on day two of the challenge with aching legs and was welcomed by Dacourm Mayor Bert Chapman and the town’s MP Mike Penning.

Christine’s son Cpl Darren Bonner, was killed during action in Afghanistan in 2007. His mother embarked on her first walk the following year to help her cope with the devastating loss and is now on walk number five.

To date she has raised £187,000 for the benevolent fund through her own charity All the 4s – 4 the boys, 4 the families, 4 the fallen 4 ever.

“I just had to do something that is positive,” she said. “I can keep my son’s memory alive as well as raising money for his comrades that he stood side by side with.”

She will complete the walk, along with 10 soldiers from the regiment and family friend Colin Baker, 70, in Brentwood on Saturday, August 25.

Mr Penning said: “Christine is leading the way. She has had an enormous loss and has turned that loss into a positive. It is just lovely to see.”

Find out more at www.allthe4s.co.uks