Former Invictus Games competitors will join BBC and reality show stars for a huge fundraiser walk.

The HALO Trust, the Salisbury-based mine and bomb clearance charity, is collaborating with the Invictus Game Foundation on the upcoming 34k walk for charity across Salisbury Plain on Saturday, May 25.

At the event, the Invictus Games competitors from the UK and Ukraine join BBC presenter and Invictus Games London 2014 medalist JJ Chalmers and former HALO employee and Love Island star Camilla Thurlow.

HALO invites local people to register online and find as many supporters as possible to sponsor them to walk the 34k route, encompassing ancient hill forts as well as a Cold War-era army facility, normally restricted from the public.

The shorter 15km and family-friendly 5km routes for children have a free barbecue and T-shirt at the end for all participants.

May 3, 2018: KANENGUERERE, ANGOLA – HALO deminer Beatriz Chawayaca checks her lane for anti-personnel mines in Kanenguerere. The area was mined during the civil war by government forces to protect the nearby railway line, as well as various troop positions.

All money raised goes to clearing landmines and explosive items from countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria.

JJ Chalmers suffered life-changing injuries from an IED blast while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.

“I want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who have lost limbs, livelihoods and loved ones through indiscriminate weapons such as landmines and other explosive devices. It will be an honour to walk alongside fellow Invictus competitors for HALO on Salisbury Plain this May,” he said.

Camilla Thurlow worked for HALO in Cambodia and Zimbabwe from 2012 to 2015 and is joined at the Safe Steps walk by Jamie Jewitt who she met during the second Love Island series.

The HALO Trust employs men and women from mine-affected communities around the world to clear deadly weapons left over from recent and historical conflicts.

It is best known for escorting Princess Diana through a minefield in Angola in 1997 and works in 25 countries and disputed territories around the world.

To register, visit www.halosafesteps.org until Sunday, May 12, after which entry is by phone only.

Registration fee is £10 per person aged 18 and over, and children can register for free, although the charity asks parents and carers to check the website for details on parental consent for those aged 12 and upwards.

Guides on training – which HALO strongly recommends, and details on how to raise money through sponsorship, are also on the event website.

CEO of HALO, Major General James Cowan said: “We know Salisbury people will want to get behind Safe Steps and support HALO’s life-saving work. The Safe Steps walk is a physically-demanding but rewarding way to connect with your local global charity and raise money to save lives.”

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