Walkers top 120 for Ashley Clarkson memorial event

Mansfield Woodhouse. Members of the family of Ashley Clarkson''Pictured are Wayne Clarkson and his children Saskia, 12,, Savanna, 8, William, 5, Grace, 4 and Harry 2.

Mansfield Woodhouse. Members of the family of Ashley Clarkson''Pictured are Wayne Clarkson and his children Saskia, 12,, Savanna, 8, William, 5, Grace, 4 and Harry 2.

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MORE than 120 people are now expected to take part in the charity walk in memory of tragic Mansfield Woodhouse soldier Ashley Clarkson.

The 23-year-old’s family has organised the 16-mile hike from Crich to Mansfield in July to raise awareness and money for ex-soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

And with news of the event spreading, more people are continuing to sign up.

Ashley’s father, Wayne Clarkson said: “I’ve had a few people contact me on Twitter and through emails and had another 15-20 people say they will definitely do it.

“There will be about 115-120 total, with another 50 who are maybes. It’s really going well.”

The Royal British Legion has offered to supply T-shirts to walkers, Asda will be supplying fruit and water with Buxton Water also agreeing to provide hundreds of extra bottles.

Meanwhile, Wayne’s daughters Saskia and Savannah 
raised hundreds of pounds after door-knocking in the streets around their home.

Wayne explained: “They put their Ashley T-shirts on and everybody sponsored them, it just blew us away.”

Planned for 29th July, the walk will start at Crich War Memorial and finish at Mansfield’s new memorial in Carr Bank Park.

Ashley, who had been in the Royal Logistics Corps and had completed a tour of Iraq, was diagnosed in 2009 but received no treatment. He was found hanged at home in March. To join the walk email wayne40.wendy30@hotmail.com