Leia's long walk for hero

A THREE-year-old girl, whose uncle is bravely serving his country in Afghanistan, will walk two and a half miles to raise cash for Britain s wounded soldiers. Little Leia Brown is determined to make it all the way from her home in Arnold Road, Dagenham to

A THREE-year-old girl, whose uncle is bravely serving his country in Afghanistan, will walk two and a half miles to raise cash for Britain's wounded soldiers.

Little Leia Brown is determined to make it all the way from her home in Arnold Road, Dagenham to 'nanny's house' in Rainham on July 25.

The toddler and her mum, Emma, hope to raise at least �200 for charity Help for Heroes, which provides practical support to service men and women who've been injured in the line of duty.

Leia's uncle, Lance Corporal Alan Thomas, was recently posted to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion The Rifles.


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Emma told the POST: "We thought the sponsored walk would be a great way of boosting my brother's morale while he's over there. He doesn't know about it yet, but when he sees Leia in the paper it will make his day."

The 28-year-old says her family have been supporting Help for Heroes for a number of years.

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"It's a fantastic charity, which does a lot of work for our wounded soldiers. We already wear the Help for Heroes arm bands to raise awareness, and now I'm hoping we can raise lots of cash for them too."

Emma says she's pretty confident that despite her little legs Leia will make it all the way to Rainham.

"Leia really wants to make Alan proud, so I don't think she'll give up. Although there may be the odd piggy back along the way."

And the youngster has even chosen an outfit for the big day - a West Ham top given to her by her uncle.

If you want to sponsor Leia online go to justgiving.com /leiabrown.

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