TWO friends from Solihull will be walking the full-length of the Thames to raise money for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ros Houston, from St Alphege, and Doreen Taylor, from Shirley, will be tackling the 189-miles for Help for Heroes.
Starting from Kemble in Gloucestershire, the pair will follow the river all the way to the Thames Barrier.
“We do a few walks in our spare time, but this is definitely the biggest that we’ve ever attempted,” said Ros, who works at Solihull College.
“My daughter got married three weeks ago and her husband is in the Army. I think people feel quite strongly about helping out servicemen.”
They decided that the Thames Valley would be more of a talking point than a series of smaller walks.
The friends are hoping to complete the walk in two legs. They’ll be covering the first 90 miles later this month and walking the second half in August.
To begin with, 56-year-old Ros had set herself a fund raising target of £500 and she’s already in touching distance.
“I’ve already raised £400, there’s been a great response from everyone,” she said.
If you’d like to add to the total, go to www.bmycharity.com/motherinlawstrek.