The Chelsea Pensioners offered a warm welcome to a triumphant soldier who completed a five month ‘short walk home’ from Cyprus yesterday.
Captain Ed Lloyd Owen (34) from Norfolk has raised over £25,000 for the military charity Walking with the Wounded by walking 2423 miles from Cyprus to London in 150 days.
On arrival at the Royal Hospital he said: “I am surprised as everyone else that I have actually made it! I am looking forward to going back to reality, wearing normal clothes, sleeping in my own bed, seeing my son and not having to walk 20 miles a day!
“To me the Chelsea Pensioners are as iconic as Downing Street. I know a number of the Chelsea Pensioners personally and it was really lovely to see them and I am very grateful for them turning out in their Scarlet coats.”
Colonel Simon Bate OBE, Adjutant and Director of Welfare at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, said: “What a tremendous achievement for this young man. Five months of walking from Cyprus is an incredible story.”
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