THE family of a South Yorkshire marine killed in Afghanistan are hiking the national three peaks challenge today raising money for the Royal Marine Benevolent Fund, ahead of an all day charity day in July.
David Marsh, from Thurgoland, was 23 when his vehicle was caught in a roadside blast on patrol in Helmand Province in 2008. He left wife Claire and daughter Molly, now four.
His dad Gary and cousins Dan and Ed will lead the six strong team today, climbing Snowden, Scaffel Pike and Ben Nevis, before finishing with a toast to David at The Commando Monument just north of Spean Bridge in Scotland. The challenge will cover almost 475 miles in 24 hours.
The family has raised over £36,000 to date and their annual ‘Billy The Kid Dash’ charity day in Thurgoland attracts thousands of visitors each July.
This year’s dash takes place on July 3 at 10.30am with registration for the run starting from 9.30am at The Bridge Inn pub, Thurgoland.
Cousin Dan said: “Dave was an amazing friend and cousin and it’s an absolute pleasure to keep his memory alive.”
Visit www.billythekiddash.co.uk for more details.