Ex-Army nurse eyes 65 challenges for Help For Heroes
10:02am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A RETIRED army nurse has completed 23 of 65 challenges in a year long fundraiser to raise money in aid of Help for Heroes.
Diana McCrea, 65, along with five other volunteers have been making cards from scratch to raise money for the military charity which helps wounded soldiers . The group were at Hobbycraft in Newport on Thursday to decorate 65 cards which is just one of Mrs McCrae's challenges.
Mrs McCrea is the volunteer co-ordinator for Help for Heroes in Chepstow, Monmouth and Torfaen and started Challenge 65, in the year she turned 65 with challenges such as making 65 pots of jam and a 65 mile bike ride. She has raised £3,921 so far and hopes to raise £6,500 by next May.
She said: "Part of it was to prove to myself and many people that 65 isn't old and to promote the work that Help for Heroes do." Both Mrs McCrea and her husband were captain's in the Army and their son Frankie is currently serving as a major with the Royal Engineers based in Germany.
She said: "My son has outranked us now. He has toured both Iraq and Afghanistan and is due to be deployed again next year."
The grandmother to be has completed a 700m zip wiring challenge across Tindinham Quarry in Chepstow, the Cwmbran 5k race for life and has walked seven miles along the Wye Valley walk. But a car accident in 2003 has made the physical challenges quite difficult for her.
She said :"I had very serious leg injuries which left me in a wheelchair for a long time. I can empathise with the soldiers who have lost their limbs.
"The first time I did the race for life - I did it in three hours. This time for Challenge 65, I wanted to do it in 65 minutes- I managed it in 55."
Mrs McCrea plans to fly the Help for Heroes flag over five Welsh Castles having already completed Caldicot Castle. She hopes to climb Mount Snowdon early next year.
For more information visit http://www.bmycharity.com/challenge65
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