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Fundraising soldier meets PM ahead of Poppy Appeal march

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A soldier who has created a 'March for Honour' to raise money for The Royal British Legion's 2010 Poppy Appeal has met the Prime Minister

Lance Corporal Ram Patten, who launched the event on Thursday, hopes the march from 4 to 13 November will raise £1 million.

Teams from the Royal Navy, the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines will set off from four locations across the country and march a mile for each member of the British forces who has lost their life in Afghanistan. Participants will march an average of 30 miles a day and a total distance of up to 250 miles while carrying 40 pounds of equipment.

Lance Corporal Patten visited Downing Street on Thursday where he spoke to the Prime Minister about how he came up with the concept and his fundraising goal.

Lance Corporal Patten said:

Having served in Afghanistan, I appreciate the support the Legion provides to returning troops with physical and mental injuries and the families of the bereaved. The March provides an opportunity to thank The Royal British Legion, raise vital funds and make the public aware of the brilliant work they do by standing shoulder to shoulder with those who serve.

The teams will unite along the route before marching into London on 11 November to deliver the Book of Remembrance to the Royal Albert Hall for The Royal British Legion’s National Festival of Remembrance.

Visit the March for Honour website.