Soldier aiming to conquer wall for good causes

Lance Corporal Josh Osborne will begin his 84-mile Hadrian's Wall hike in aid of two charities on Tuesday.
Lance Corporal Josh Osborne will begin his 84-mile Hadrian's Wall hike in aid of two charities on Tuesday.
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A Morpeth man is taking on a tough outdoor challenge to give something back to the service that flew to his aid following a bad accident.

Starting on Tuesday, soldier Josh Osborne will aim to hike the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall route within three days.

The Lance Corporal and weapons instructor with The Light Dragoons, who began a six-and-a-half-month tour of Afghanistan in 2012, suffered severe injuries on June 4 last year at the Warcop Training Area in Cumbria. They included a broken neck, broken spine in four places and a collapsed right lung.

He was flung free from a military vehicle during a training exercise. A Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) arrived at the scene and took him to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough within 35 minutes of being called out.

He spent 11 days in hospital, then underwent some rehabilitation through a military programme.

The 23-year-old – who hopes to raise at least £1,000 for the GNAA and The Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal, which supports families of soldiers that are killed and injured – said: “When I left hospital, I knew that I wanted to give something back to these charities and when I decided to do this challenge, I started training for it immediately.

“It will be tough to do the hike in three days because the average completion time is five days, but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, the weather will be calm.”

He is also taking it on in memory of Sergeant Mark Foley, who died in the incident.

For more details and to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/joshosborne