A 66-year-old who served in the Royal Engineers for 22 years has shed weight to take part in a fundraising wing walk for Veterans in Action.
Eddie Braillard, who lives in Langney and works in health and safety in Polegate, is due to take part in his wing walking challenge for charity in Reading tomorrow (August 29).
Eddie served in the army from 1966 to 1988 and then spent three years in the TA. He knows people who have been affected by post traumatic stress disorder and wanted to fundraise for a cause which helps sufferers.
Veterans In Action (VIA) started as an idea in early 2008 by three ex Royal Engineer friends, two of whom had been injured physically and one who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder who wanted to raise funds for injured troops both physically and psychologically.
Eddie said, “I wanted to do something a bit different to raise some money for charity.
“Lots of people do parachute jumps so I wanted to do something a little bit more unusual.”
However, weighing just over 15 stone, Eddie was told he was too heavy and needed to lose weight and get down to 12 st 2Ib to take part in the wing walk.
He reached his goal weight just a week before the wing walk after a strict diet and fitness plan.
He said, “I haven’t had any bread, potatoes, sweets or beer.
“I have cut it all out and it hasn’t been too bad really and I think that is because I have had a goal and something to focus on .”
Eddie said he is looking forward to the wing walk.
He will undertake a few hours of training and then take to the skies.
He said, “Everyone else seems to be quite concerned and nervous for me but I am looking forward to it.
“The pilot has 20 years experience, so I feel quite confident.”
To support Eddie and donate visit www.virginmoney.com/eddiebraillard.
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