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Charity walker for Afghan hero stops off to meet Mayor

THE Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Yash Gupta MBE met Christine Bonner and her team at the front of the Civic Offices on Friday 25 August during their sponsored walk.

Christine Bonner, who called her walk, All the 4s – 4 the boys 4 the families 4 the fallen 4 ever, has for five consecutive years now, organised and walked 150 miles in ten days (16-25 August) to raise money for The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity and so far this year has already managed to raise £16,000.

Christine Bonner is the mother of Corporal Darren Bonner who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2007 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment.

Christine, who lives in Lincolnshire said:“In May 2007 my eldest child and only son, Cpl Darren Bonner, was killed in a land mine explosion in Southern Afghanistan. My whole world fell apart and my life was changed forever. How was I ever to carry on bearing this horrific pain and heartache? But I had to keep it together for my 3 daughters who had also lost their big brother. Feeling that I had to do something positive for Darren, I have organised walks since 2008, raising money for The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Charity. Well this is now our 5th year of walking and the 4th year of All the 4s. It doesn’t seem like 5 years ago that we lost our Darren, but it is so important to keep his and his comrades memories alive and this is what the walk does for us. Sadly nothing can ever bring my boy back, but I have to do something positive in the light of this absolutely horrific tragedy. It’s my time to “Walk with my Darren”.

Cllr Yash Gupta said “It is a great honour to meet Christine Bonner in recognition of her incredible achievement in memory of her son”

For further information and to make a donation please visit the website www.allthe4s.co.uk

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