A COURAGEOUS TA soldier who served in Afghanistan is looking for sponsorship for a trek through Costa Rica in aid of Help for Heroes.
Quantity surveyor Paul Dorrell, from Laxton Grove, Solihull, will make his way from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean coast in February next year to raise money for the charity for wounded soldiers.
The 30-year-old said: “I am an active member of the Territorial Army and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
“We had three months in Camp Bastion and three months in Basaran.
“We looked after a school and helped during the elections in 2009. “The Taliban had closed the school and mutilated teachers. We kept it safe while we were there.
“I’ve been in the TA for four or five years and I’m a Lance Corporal now.
“My dad was in the army and my granddad too. I was in the officer training core in university, but dropped out.
“When I got settled in my career I went back to the TA.”
The former Solihull School pupil added: “A minimum donation of £2,000 is required by December to attend the trek, I am setting my target at £5,000 by this date with a target total of £10,000 donated by the time I return at the end of February.
“Whilst the setting looks somewhat idyllic, the eight hours of trekking a day will require hard work and physical preparation.”
To sponsor Paul visit http://www.bmycharity.com/pauldoztrekcostarica.
Paul and fellow TA soldiers will be collecting outside Notcutts, Shirley, on October 15 and 16.