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Soldier collects cheque
1:06pm Monday 29th October 2012 in News
A BOY who has completed a remarkable achievement met a military hero.
Eight-year-old Jack Rea, who attends Aysgarth School, at Newton-le-Willows, is now the youngest person to complete the Three Peaks challenge. He met up with Lance Corporal Jason Jameson, who was seriously injured while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan.
Jack used the occasion to hand L Cpl Jameson a cheque for £2,000, which he had raised through sponsorship on his record-breaking walk.
Jack completed the 25-mile challenge during the school holidays with his father, Aaron, in 11 hours and although exhausted only suffered a toe injury.
Mr Rea said: “I am extremely proud of Jack – he wanted to raise the money for Jason as we heard the story from Mrs Goddard, the headmaster’s wife, and thought it would be a good thing to do.” Jack’s grandfather, Martin Rea, 68, an exserviceman, was also present.
Lance Corporal Jameson was aged 21 and serving in the Royal Signals Regiment as a bomb disposal operative with 11 EOD Regiment RLC in Afghanistan, when, on December 8, 2010, he was seriously injured while providing close support at a crossing point in Helmand Province. He lost both his legs and sustained an eye and hand injury.
His mother, Michelle Jameson, has worked at the school for 12 years and is now school matron.
His story made an immediate impact on the school community as many children who attend the school are from military families.
Currently making good progress in his rehabilitation programme, L Cpl Jameson is to leave the Army next year and is setting up a business along with a friend.
During his visit to the school he addressed both pre-prep and older children about his time in the Army and answered questions on his injury and the dangers faced in combat. He also spoke of the challenge of sport and his treatment while at Headley Court rehabilitation centre.
He said: “I am grateful to Jack and it is great that kids are out there achieving things. I shall put the money towards a new leg.”