Guyhirn veteran raises money for charity with 24 hour walk

Kirk Bowett, Bertie Bowett 5 months Tillie Bowett 3 and Carol Bowett.'Kirk and Carol Bowett are walking 47miles from Hunstanton to Cromer pier for Blesma ANL-150923-173016009
Kirk Bowett, Bertie Bowett 5 months Tillie Bowett 3 and Carol Bowett.'Kirk and Carol Bowett are walking 47miles from Hunstanton to Cromer pier for Blesma ANL-150923-173016009

An Army veteran who lost his arm in an explosion in Iraq will be raising money for charity with a 24-hour fundraising walk.

Kirk Bowett was injured while escorting a diplomat back to Baghdad when an explosion threw his vehicle into the nearby desert.

Mr Bowett was evacuated to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after losing his lower left arm and badly damaged his right ankle in the blast.

The father-of-two now uses a prosthetic limb and has received help from the Blesma, the Limbless Veterans, charity.

Now he is hoping to repay the charity by raising hundreds of pounds by walking the 47-miles between Hunstanton and Cromer on Saturday, October 3.

Mr Bowett and his wife Carol, who is also a veteran, along with four other people will be completing the challenge in 24 hours.

He said: “Blesma made me feel part of a unique brother or sisterhood. It is an amazing charity.

“This is about giving something back to the people who made almost the ultimate sacrifice. People have gone out there and put their lives on the line. Some have not returned but those that have may need ongoing support.”

Mr Bowett served in the Mercian regiment for 16 years.

After leaving in 2010, Mr Bowett went onto become a private security contractor and was working in Iraq when the incident happened in July 2013. He was leading a convoy which was taking a diplomat back to Baghdad when the explosion happened.

Mr Bowett, of Guyhirn, said: “The road lifted up and flipped the vehicle into the desert. The incident resulted in serious injuries for me including loss of my left arm below elbow and the reconstruction of my right foot.

“My driver was also killed in the incident which lives with me as I move on with my life.”

The charity has helped Mr Bowett by putting him contact with other veterans along with support for his limb.

The team, which is receiving support from Landmarc Solutions will be setting off at 8am on October 3 but aim to be in Cromer the following morning.

If you would like to support the team www. justgiving.com/Kirk-Bowett1/