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Mother's walk of love for soldier son

PUBLISHED: 09:14 28 August 2009 | UPDATED: 21:39 07 July 2010

THE mother of a solider killed in Afghanistan who completed a 150-mile trek across five counties just a few days ago is already planning her next walk.

THE mother of a solider killed in Afghanistan who completed a 150-mile trek across five counties just a few days ago is already planning her next walk.

Christine Bonner, whose son Darren was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, ended the 10-day walk on Sunday with a group from the Royal Anglian Regiment including Thetford solider and her son's best friend Cpl Carl Turner.

Next year she said they were planning to walk around the east coast of England starting at Scunthorpe, walking through Peterborough and ending in Southend.

“The reason for that is because Darren joined the army at Peterborough”, she said.

Christine Bonner, from Gedney in Lincolnshire, and the other walkers raised £12,000 for the Royal Anglain Regiment Benevolent Charity just from donations along a route.

The sponsorship money is still flooding in and she is hoping to beat the £35,000 her first walk raised last year.

The Duchess of Cornwall, who was hoping to complete a leg of the walk with the group, donated to the cause as she was unable to attend.

Mrs Bonner said: “It was amazing. I didn't want it to finish but at the time I was shattered. We made such a bond with everybody that it was a shame to see everybody go off their own ways.”

She said she was planning to continue organising a yearly walk to support soldiers.

“I will carry on until I cannot do it anymore”, she said.

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