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Eddie soldiers on with coastal walk

Eddie Craven passing through Berwick while undertaking the challenge of walking round the UK coast to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

Eddie Craven passing through Berwick while undertaking the challenge of walking round the UK coast to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

A former soldier who suffered terrible post traumatic stress disorder has journeyed through Berwick and Berwickshire this week as he completes a coastal walk of the UK.

Eddie Craven is one of a number of war heroes who have found it difficult to return to normal life after fighting for their country on the front line.

He served in both Bosnia and Northern Ireland and his experiences left a lasting impression.

Eddie was diagnosed with PTSD in 1994 and was hit so hard that he ended up living rough, developing a drink problem and even tried to take his own life.

Eddie has embarked on the trek from Exeter to the Highlands and back again to raise money for Veterans Aid, with the aim of preventing any other servicemen going through what he has.

“A lot of what ex-soldiers go through isn’t immediately obvious to people,” Eddie told ‘The Berwickshire’.

“Many have invisible injuries and don’t get the support they need- some see their relationships and home life break down while others end up homeless.

“Ultimately I’d love to run a refuge to give ex-servicemen a safe haven where they can be around people who have experienced similar things.”

Eddie set off from Exeter on August 26 and reached Berwick late on Monday night.

After pitching his tent in Spittal he started off again on Tuesday, making his way over the border.

You can keep track of his progress at http://www.facebook.com/eddie.coast.3 or make a donation by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Eddie-Coast. Eddie has raised £653 so far.

 

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