Guyhirn veteran makes £1k with epic Norfolk walk

Kirk Bowett and Richard Newman
Kirk Bowett and Richard Newman

An army veteran who lost his arm in an explosion has raised more than £1,200 for a military charity with a 50-mile walk.

Kirk Bowett, along with his wife Carol and four other people, completed the Hunstanton to Cromer Coastal Walk in 17 hours to give something back to Blesma, the limbless veterans’ charity.

Mr Bowett was injured while working as a private security contractor in Iraq. As he escorted a diplomat back to Baghdad an explosion threw his vehicle into the nearby desert.

The Guyhirn father-of-two became involved with the charity while recovering at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He lost his lower left arm in the blast and his right ankle was badly damaged.

Mr Bowett, who served in the Mercian Regiment for 16 years, said: “The walk was an epic journey. We had to walk an extra three miles at Brancaster due to he high tide, so instead of 47 miles it turned out to be 50.

“But we finished it in a record time. We arrived at Cromer at 1am.

“The fundraising exceeded my expectations. The £1,200 will be able to do a number of things for veterans. It could go towards the cost of a new limb, pay for a house to be re-decorated, or gardening grants.

“It’s good to be able to give something back to the charity.”

The team, which received support from Landmarc Solutions, is planning to complete the Three Peaks Challenge in September next year.