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British soldiers walk to Rock for homeless veterans

Two British soldiers will walk nearly 180 kilometres from Torrox in Málaga to the top of the Rock to raise money for SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity and homeless veterans.

Craig Dignam and Danny O’Connor will leave Torrox on April 17 and aim to arrive in Gibraltar just four days later.

This is the equivalent of four marathons in as many days, they said.

WO1 Dignam, 53, serving with The Defence Infrastructure Organisation based in Tidworth in Hampshire, is no stranger to raising money for charity.

Just last year, he walked nearly 1,500 kilometres over a period of 183 days to raise money for three service charities.

Cpl O’Connor, 29, serves with 104 Log Bde based in South Cerney in Gloucestershire.

He joined WO1 Dignam on a 160-kilometres charity walk to raise money for St John’s Hospice in Lancaster and The Burns Unit in Bradford in memory of the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire.

The men chose the SSAFA charity to raise money for homeless veterans because they “believe no service person whether Royal Navy, Royal Army or Royal Air Force, should have ever to live on the streets”.

To help WO1 Dignam and Cpl O’Connor reach their target of £2,000, visit

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