Wife of Royal Marine paralysed by accident ‘yomps’ 50 miles for charity in his honour

PUBLISHED: 17:46 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 04 May 2018

Matt Drake took part in the first part of the 50-mile 'yomp' which was organised in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. Picture by Lauren Drake.

Matt Drake took part in the first part of the 50-mile 'yomp' which was organised in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. Picture by Lauren Drake.

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The wife of a Royal Marine, from Lympstone, who was paralysed after an accident on duty, has successfully braved a 50-mile charity ‘yomp’ with a group of friends.

Matt Drake took part in the first part of the 50-mile 'yomp' which was organised in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. Picture by Lauren Drake.Matt Drake took part in the first part of the 50-mile 'yomp' which was organised in aid of the Royal Marines Charity. Picture by Lauren Drake.

In December 2016, an accident while deployed with 42 Commando Royal Marines left Matt Drake, from Lympstone, paralysed from the chest down.

On Friday, April 27, his wife Lauren and a group of friends, took on a 50-mile non-stop march, from Lympstone to Cadover Bridge, in aid of the Royal Marines Charity, which has supported Matt since the accident.

Lauren said: “The yomp was tough but we all really pulled together and supported each other to get through it! I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the support we have received.

“From my wonderful group of friends walking by my side. to the support teams that kept us safe throughout the 22.5 hours, and each and every sponsor who has got behind this challenge.

“I am so thrilled to be able to pay back, in a small way, the Royal Marines Charity, for the help they have given my family when we needed it.”

The yomp, which is a march through tough terrain, was a challenge Lauren wanted to achieve for Matt, as much as for charity.

She set up a gofundme page in December, with a target of £2,500.

The aim was to pay for a Batec Manual wheelchair attachment, to enable Matt to take part in many activities previously not possible, including joining in part of the yomp.

But when the Royal Marines Charity offered to buy the attachment, a new fundraising target of £3,000 was set, of which £2,072 has been raised so far.

Now, 70 per cent of funds will go to the Royal Marines Charity and 30 percent will be donated to Lympstone Preschool, attended by Matt and Lauren’s son, also a registered charity.

Lympstone preschool practice manager, and fellow ‘yomper’ Vicky Drinkwater, thanked everyone who had ‘shown love and support’.

She said: “The yomp was such a bonding experience between a group of friends and some very strong ladies. It is great to have been able to show support to the Drake family and other families who have been supported by the Royal Marines Charity.“

Donations can still be made until the end of May, by visiting https://uk.gofundme.com/lympstone-to-cadover-bridge-yomp

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