David clocks up the miles and funds for charity

David Page, walking from John O Groats to Lands End for Help for Heroes.

David Page, walking from John O Groats to Lands End for Help for Heroes.

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A 75-year-old ex-paratrooper from North Wales received generous support in Cupar on Wednesday as he continued on his John O’ Groats to Lands End ‘there and back’ charity walk.

David Page, who is undertaking the tough challenge for Help for Heroes, actually started his marathon trek in April, but was called back home when he reached Elgin.

Resuming this month with his long-serving trolley in tow, David crossed the Tay Road Bridge before reaching Cupar.

Passers-by dug deep to support his effort, with one Crossgate shopkeeper handing over £10, while many others showed similar generosity.

David, who sleeps rough in the sleeping bag carried with other camping gear in his trolley, described Scots as “very generous.”

Speaking before heading off to Kirkcaldy, he said: “It’s great fun doing this as long as you have a strong heart.”

Aiming to cover between 16 and 20 miles a day, the noted fund-raiser walked the length of Britain three years ago, covering 1183 miles in 55 days and collecting some £9000 for Help for Heroes.

Originally from London, David spoke of the kindness many individuals had shown him over the years, such as the blacksmith who mended his broken cart.

David’s inspiration for his walking challenges came about after learning of his father’s experiences in Burma, where troops walked for up to 12 hours a day, surviving on just cups of tea.

Help for Heroes supports veterans and serving personnel who have been wounded or injured, or have become sick, as a result of serving their country, along with their families.