Hammers help for heroes

A trio of serving Royal Navy officers are gearing up for a special fundraising Wembley to Cardiff walk between 18 and 24 March - all in aid of Help for Heroes.

Petty officers Andy Gibbs and Robert Brown will be walking the 168 miles, accompanied by support driver, warrant officer Dave Chandler. To mark the occasion, they will be at Saturday's match against Stoke City.

They are aiming to arrive in good time for the Wales-England UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier taking place at the Millennium Stadium on 26 March - a good job, considering they will be bringing with them the matchball.

They first collected the ball from the Welsh Football Association and national-team manager Gary Speed back in January. Once they make it to the Millennium, they will stride on to the pitch to hand it over to the referee.

The trio will walking an average of 35 miles a day between Wembley Stadium, Henley On Thames, Newbury, Swindon, Cheltenham and Monmouth before reaching Cardiff.

All proceeds will go towards the Help for Heroes appeal, with the Wembley to Cardiff walk listed on their website at : http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/wembley-to-cardiff.html