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Decorated veteran asks locals to show support for ex-military personnel at walk in Danson Park

PUBLISHED: 14:33 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 12 May 2016

New President of the Bexleyheath and Welling Branch of the Royal British Legion, retired Major Philip McMahon (centre), with branch chairman Peter Holden (left) and branch treasurer Ken Sprowles (right) Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

New President of the Bexleyheath and Welling Branch of the Royal British Legion, retired Major Philip McMahon (centre), with branch chairman Peter Holden (left) and branch treasurer Ken Sprowles (right) Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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The walk takes place on May 29

A retired army veteran from Sidcup is encouraging locals to support a poignant charity walk in Danson Park next week.

Major Phillip McMahon, president of the Bexleyheath and Welling branch of the Royal British Legion says it is vital that military personnel and their families are not forgotten.

An honour walk on May 29 will see participants tackle a 10k route in aid of the the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal.

The money raised will provide financial help, employment support, mobility, respite, housing and mental health services for members of the Armed Forces community both serving and retired plus their families.

Maj McMahon, who first started his military career aged 12 at the Army Cadet Force in Erith, said: “It’s important that we don’t just remember ex-servicemen and women and their families in November - that’s one of the reasons we like to organise something for the summer.

“It’s incredibly important come along, even if you’re not going to walk, just to show you care.”

The grandfather of one, served in the Gulf War, Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland.

Last year the event raised £5,000, which is spent on providing financial help, employment support and mental and physical health services.

Peter Sedge, General Manager at Broadway Shopping Centre, said: “The Royal British Legion is an important part of the local community here in Bexleyheath.

“Their work to support our veterans is greatly appreciated by our shoppers. I would urge everyone to keep making donations throughout the year, including supporting the Honour Walk which is a growing annual event.”

Anyone wanting to register to take part or donate can contact Ken Sprowles on 0208 3032601 or email: membership@bexleyheathandwellingrbl.co.uk

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