Faye presents £300 to Change Step director Geraint Jones, watched by mum Jane (left) and Holywell platoon leader Lt Dave Collinge

A TEENAGE ARMY cadet who tackled a 40-mile hike across the North Yorkshire Moors — twice — has donated £300 to Change Step.

Faye Beck, from Holywell, raised the cash by completing the exposed Lyke Wake Walk from Osmotherly to Ravenscar on one of the hottest days of the year this June.

The determined 16-year-old reached the finish post in just over 15 hours, but had to be checked over by doctors after suffering sunburn and exhaustion in the sweltering heat.

Undaunted, she returned to Yorkshire to complete the feat of endurance a second time — accompanying her aunt on an overnight effort in August.

 

“Really difficult”

Faye, a cadet corporal in the Holywell detachment of the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force, studies motor mechanics at Coleg Cambria Deeside.  She hopes to join the Royal Engineers as a HGV recovery mechanic. 

“The actual walk wasn’t that bad, but the conditions and the weather made it really difficult,” Faye said.

“I saw an article about Change Step in the newspaper and decided I would like to support a military charity which really helps people locally.  I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me for their support.”

The Lyke Wake Walk was created in 1955 as challenge for walkers.  It is also known as the Coffin Walk because of the many burial mounds found along the route

 

“Supreme effort”

Change Step director Geraint Jones thanked Faye for her efforts.

“We’re lucky to have a large number of people who support our work with veterans across Wales,” he said.

“Faye has made a supreme effort for someone so young, so I’d like to thank her and everyone at the Holywell Platoon for their generosity and their backing.”

Change Step has used its veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring model to support more than 1,200 veterans and their families, and has been hailed as a “value-for-money” and “best-in-class” service by the respected Forces in Mind Trust.

Most recently the project was awarded funding by the Royal British Legion to provide three crisis peer mentors for veterans in urgent need of help.

And in a pilot project backed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Change Step mentors are working with therapists from Veterans NHS Wales to provide a truly joined-up mental health and practical support service.

 

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