He may still be on leave recuperating from injuries suffered in a horrific crash while training in Kenya, but Galashiels soldier Colin Dodds has just walked from Berwick to Gretna, writes Mark Entwistle.
Colin, who serves with 19 Regiment, Royal Artillery, was joined by fellow local soldier, Callum Fenner, for the 81-mile trek in aid of the Help for Heroes charity.
The 19-year-old former Galashiels Academy pupil, was seriously injured in the accident, which happened in February.
Colin was in the back of the vehicle, which had been chasing another as part of an exercise, and a branch from one of the splintered trees smashed through his skull and into his brain.
As well as emergency surgery at the time, Colin, pictured below, will undergo another operation in October to have a metal plate inserted into his head.
Colin, whose parents Colin and Suzie live in Forest Hill, and Callum, estimate they have raised around £1,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
As he approacjed Langholm last Thursday. Colin told TheSouthern: “The first couple of days on the walk were pretty tough. When I woke up in the morning I could really feel it. But you got passed the pain and just kept going. It’s getting harder each day but we’ll make it.”
Radio operator Colin has been serving for the past three years. And he told us: “Hopefully, I’ll be back to duty after Christmas. I can’t wait. Soldiering is the only thing I ever really wanted to do. And Callum and I have received so much support from folk it’s been fantastic.”
A keen musician, bugler Colin appeared at the Edinburgh Tattoo last year as a
after graduating from the Army School of Pipes and Drums.