A TEAM of military folk trekked 35 miles between bases as part of the nationwide Walking Home For Christmas campaign.

It aims to support ex-servicemen and women who are struggling with isolation, mental health and unemployment over the festive period.

Cdr Tim Winter, Maj Helena Lovell and Sgt Maj Ben Tinson yomped from Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton.

Tim, 52, said: “We’re all serving personnel and we know people who haven’t been as lucky as ourselves, either they’ve had a physical injury or a mental health condition.

“This cause is very dear to our hearts and it’s a worthwhile cause. Veterans who have put their all in for our benefit they deserve a little back and this is one way of doing it,” he said.

The team hopes to raise more than £1,000 for the charity Walking With The Wounded and it has raised just over £700 in sponsorship so far.

The route took them from MOD Lyneham, through Royal Wootton Bassett, north Swindon, Highworth, Lechlade, Alvescot and Carterton.

Ben, 40, added: “I’ve been in the army for 23 years now and so I’ve met a lot of people and lost a lot of people and I feel like this an important charity to support. I’ve done similar events before but in my army gear which is tough.”

Donations can be made through the charity's website