Preston soldier completes 48-hour march in memory of mum who died from Covid

Posted on - 11th May, 2021 - 2:48pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Flag Market, Health, People, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
James Kirkby during his 48-mile march. Pic: James Kirkby
James Kirby during his 48-mile march. Pic: James Kirby

Soldier James Kirby has completed a 48-hour march in memory of his mum who died from coronavirus.


James marched from Preston Flag Market at the Cenotaph to ITC Catterick and back to raise money for BLESMA (which supports veterans who have lost limbs).

The 154 mile march took place on Friday 30 April and James was also carrying 59lbs on his back whilst he completed the challenge.

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James said: “I was tired but had the strength mentally to complete [it], I was in pain but mine is only temporary, the challenge was a battle but nothing compared to the battle people in need of the charity go through every day.

“I’m absolutely honoured to be able to [have] raised money for people in need and hope it has given people a better opportunity in life.

“My link for the Just Giving page is still open for a few more weeks.”

James Kirkby completing his 48-mile march. Pic: James Kirkby
James Kirby completing his 48-mile march. Pic: James Kirby

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James has raised more than £7,000 for the charity, beating his target of £5,000, and you can still donate to his Just Giving page here.

James’ mum Denise died on Friday 12 March due to Covid.

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