Ben on operational duty in Iraq

An ex-soldier is to trek a gruelling 100 miles across the Sahara Desert to raise money for wounded soldiers.

Ben Hodgson was in the army for 13 years, serving in Iraq and Northern Ireland before being medically discharged in 2009 following injury.

Ben now works as a security officer at Johnson Controls at Cadburys and lives with fiancee Emma-Louise Harries on the Rea Valley Estate, Northfield.

Ben Hodgson

But in October this year, Ben will be shunning Halloween party preparations in favour of a challenging trek along an old Sahara trade route. During the trek, Ben will cover 100 miles in 5 days. Contending with extreme dry heat during the day, cold temperatures at night and plenty of sandstorms, Ben will face a hike across arid plains, over rocky mountains and past extinct volcanoes.

The Trek is to raise money for The Undentable Trust, a charity which raises funds to assist injured soldiers and their families. The trust was established in memory of Captain Mark Hale, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Mark was a much respected, admired and well liked Officer.

Ben’s girlfriend Emma said: “This Trek is a real challenge for him, not just because we get married a mere 8 weeks later, but because Ben has a back injury.

“We’re very proud of him for wanting to undertake the challenge.” she added.

Visit Ben’s fundraising page to show your support and read more about his challenge.

Ben & fiancee Emma-Louise at his medal parade on his return from Iraq in 2006

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