On Saturday 29th March, fire safety contractor Steve Collins of SRC Fire based in Lichfield swapped his work boots for walking ones as he and his friend Shane Willmoth flew to Vietnam to trek the vigorous Jungle terrain to raise a whopping £10,000 for Help for Heroes.

Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and our four Recovery Centres across the UK, in Catterick, Colchester, Tidworth and Plymouth. These will offer support for life. The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support our wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won’t let them battle alone.

Steve, a fairly inexperienced trekker, kicked off his fundraising journey for the charity late September in 2013 with a couple of runs and ‘warm up’ gym sessions at Virgin Active in Shenstone.  In just under six months he is now running five miles in thirty minutes and has managed to lose almost three stone in the process as part of his own personal fitness goal.

Steve Collins, a Lichfield resident and business man says of his challenge:

“When I first signed up for the challenge in September, I didn’t quite realise how tough it would be. I knew I wanted to get involved with Help for Heroes and ambitiously decided on the Vietnam Jungle trek.

“After receiving the information pack, I soon realised how difficult it was going to be and managed to convince a client and now friend to do it with me. After months of personal training, a complete change of eating habits and no mince pies over the Christmas period I think I’m finally fit enough to get through it.”

Steve, an altruistic soul will start the challenge on Tuesday 1st April in Hoa Binh province at Tan Lac, where he will trek along the beautiful valley to Ngo Luong. The ten day trek will see Steve and his team partner Shane Willmoth walk 90km through Ban Hin, Ban Kho Muong, the original Ho Chi Minh Trail and finish off at through Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Ma River in Hanoi.

Currently Team SRC as Steve and Shane are known have already raised a staggering £6,257 with more activities to come to reach that lofty £10,000 target. Steve, now a regular gym goer due to the trek has also organised a charity night at Virgin Active in Shenstone featuring the popular music act Middle Eight, who have also donated their time to the cause at ‘cost’. For further details of the charity event or to support Steve Collins’ Help for Heroes challenge please visit his blog

For more information about SRC and their fundraising initiative for Help for Heroes and how to get involved please email or call 075784244550

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