Georgia hopes to follow in her brother’s footsteps and join the military

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

Earlier this month, Georgia Gough, of Folkestone, traveled 52 miles in one day to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Georgia, 16, who wants to join the Royal Artillery, is currently a student at Military Preparation College (MPCT) in Eastbourne.

Departing at 4 a.m. from her home in Folkestone, she completed the double marathon walk to her college in East Sussex wearing a 12 kilogram bergen.

She said, “I have an older brother in the military and I want to support our current and old forces as much as possible, especially since I know my brother is part of this community, and I will do so soon.

“I was inspired to do this event because my brother has raised funds for military charities such as SSAFA, and I take heart to know that charities like yours will take care of soldiers like my brother and many others. ‘others.”

Ahead of the challenge Chris Padget, MPCT Eastbourne center director, said:

“Since joining the course, Georgia has shown great strength and determination and is 100% committed, which will help her qualify to join the military.

“Her 52 mile walk is not an easy challenge, but with her sturdiness, confidence, determination and level of fitness, I’m sure Georgia will rise to the challenge and raise funds for SSAFA.”

SSAFA has provided lifelong support to members of the armed forces and their families since 1885. In 2020, they helped more than 79,000 people in need, from World War II veterans to the young men and women who served in more recent conflicts.

To donate to the 52 Miles Georgia Fundraiser, go here.

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