Taking the Jurassic Coast Challenge to honour bomb disposal hero

Tackling the Jurassic Coast Challenge in memory of a bomb disposal hero
© Phil Dolby

The family of a British soldier killed while serving in Canada have raised money for Felix Fund, the bomb disposal charity, by completing the Jurassic Coast Challenge.

This year’s inaugural Jurassic Coast Challenge took place on 21-22 July, and saw some 2,800 participants walk, jog or run along the UK’s Jurassic Coast. The event offers participants the opportunity to walk 25, 50 or 100km along the coast, and this year’s challenge is expected to raise more than £1.5m for more than 300 charities, including six charity partners, when all donations are collected.

The event is one of a number run by Action Challenge, which include 100km endurance challenges throughout the UK. In total, these events have helped to raise more than £60m for UK charities and seen 20,000 participants take part this year alone.

The Legg family’s story

On 11 December 2017, Christopher Legg, an Ammunition Technician in the Royal Logistic Corps was tragically killed in a road traffic accident while serving in Canada. To honour his memory, four members of Chris’ family – his wife, sister, father and uncle – took part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge to raise money for Felix Fund, a charity which supports explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and search personnel and their families.

Chris’ sister, Caroline, father, Mike, and uncle, Keith, completed 42km, while Chris’ wife, Cat, completed 25km before an injury caused her to pull out of finishing the challenge. So far, the family has raised more than £3,400, along with almost £600 in Gift Aid, from almost 140 supporters. Donations are still being accepted in recognition of their achievement at the family’s Just Giving page.

The Felix Fund has expressed its gratitude, and sent a big thank you to the Legg family and all of their supporters for raising so much money for the charity. The money will be used in memory of Chris to help his former colleagues, as part of the charity’s ongoing work.

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