Soldier walks a mile for each of all of his fallen colleagues

A former RAF soldier embarked on a 440 mile trek across the country to raise money for the families of fallen troops after returning from Afghanistan - and chose Milton Keynes as one of his destinations.

Ben Greer served six tours of duty on Chinook helicopters, before turning his attention to giving back to the 440 soldiers lost in battle by walking a mile for each of them.

Former soldier Ben Greer is embarking on a 440 mile trek across the country to mark the lives of the 440 men killed in Afghanistan and to raise money for charity.

Former soldier Ben Greer is embarking on a 440 mile trek across the country to mark the lives of the 440 men killed in Afghanistan and to raise money for charity.

Last Wednesday, Ben walked 48.4 miles after passing through the centre of Milton Keynes and up through Campbell Park.

He said: “The event in itself is pretty organic. Rather than organising 100 events in different locations, and because it is something I wanted to do anyway, I thought I am just going to do it.

“It is something close to my heart that I wanted to get off of my chest and so if people want to come along and show a bit of respect with me, then great.”

During his time as a Chinook crewman, Ben was in charge of pulling out the wounded and the dead from the field of battle.

And to acknowledge that he will carrying a load of 100kg on his back during his trek, which is the equivalent of carrying a soldier in his kit off the battlefield.

At the beginning of The Big Lift 2013 challenge to visit 100 locations across the country, Ben has already raised just under £2,000 for five charities, including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, SSAFA, ABF The Soliders Charity and Help For Heroes.