Yorkshire Evening Post 15 May 12

Article from the Yorkshire Evening Post, 15 May 2012.

The Proclaimers backing for injured Leeds soldiers 500-mile mission

They’re probably most famous for the lyric: “I would walk 500 miles.”

But yesterday singing Scottish twins The Proclaimers were in Yorkshire to back another double act’s bid to cover the same distance – in wheelchairs.

Edinburgh brothers Charlie and Craig Reid were at RAF Church Fenton near Sherburn-in-Elmet as Leeds ex-servicemen Adam Douglas and Sean Allerton set off on the Push 500 challenge.

Adam, 44, of Fearnville, and 47-year-old Sean, who is originally from Oakwood, were both badly injured while serving with the armed forces.

But they will attempt to make their way around RAF Church Fenton about 200 times to raise cash for a number of service charities.

The Reid brothers, whose single I’m Gonna be (500 miles) reached number 11 in the UK charts in 1988, told the YEP they were full of admiration for the pair.

Craig said: “For us to be able to be here is an honour. What they’re doing is absolutely inspirational.”

Charlie added: “We get asked to do a lot of charity stuff, and a lot of it you can’t do, but when you get an opportunity to do something like this, it’s great.

“We’re very busy at the moment but we set a day aside specifically to come and see them off.”

Father-of-two Adam was serving with the Royal Fusiliers in Iraq in 2003 when he suffered horrendous spinal damage after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

He met Sean about five years ago and in the last two years set up the charity Forgotten Heroes to support the carers of injured ex-service personnel.

The Proclaimers are patrons of the charity.

Adam said: “We had a think about how we could use them to help us.

“Sean came up with the crazy idea of doing 500 miles in our wheelchairs.

“He basically press-ganged and cajoled me into it.

“The fact that Charlie and Craig were willing to come down all the way from Edinburgh to support us is fantastic.”

Former RAF gunner Sean was in a motorcycle crash while serving at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in 1993.

He broke his neck and also lost the use of his limbs and torso.

He is raising money for several charities, including Forgotten Heroes, that have helped him to come to terms with his disability.

“It’s really good of Charlie and Craig to come down to support us,” he said.