Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 18 August 2021
A 63-YEAR-OLD Hinckley resident and former marine is in the process of completing a 100 mile fundraising walk from Hinckley to Skegness for The Royal Marines Charity (RMA).
Leonard Browett, best known to others as ‘Lenny’, started his walk on Monday morning (16 August), where he has been averaging a total of 20 miles per day – and he’s now expecting to reach the sunny seaside town of Skegness by Friday lunchtime (20 August).
Lenny has been joined on his journey by support team members who drive alongside him, to help provide food and drink, check on his wellbeing and ensure he can find somewhere to rest in his tent at night.
A ‘Go Fund Me’ fundraising page has been set up, with generous donors kindly donating £494 out of the £1,000 goal at the time of publication.
On his fundraising page, he has described it as ‘yomping’ to Skegness – a term that servicemen use, but other military personnel call ‘tabbing’.
He put forward the idea of doing the 100 mile fundraiser to Skegness last month, when he was taking part in his annual 25 mile walk from Hinckley to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The walk to the Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is an activity that he and his ex-servicemen friends have partaken in over the past three years (2019, 2020, 2021).
Lenny exclusively spoke to the Free Press about his journey so far, during one of his breaks.
He said: “I’ve jokingly been told that I’m ‘a bit mad’ for wanting to do these walks at my age (63), but I’ll still do them.
“I started small, completing yomps across Hinckley for the Veterans United Against Suicide.
“I enjoy yomping the 25 miles to the National Memorial Abortorium over in Alrewas, Staffordshire, as they do lots to help ex-servicemen.
“I’ve been averaging a total of 20 miles each day so far, so I should be finished by Friday lunchtime.”
Once the walk is completed, Lenny will be driven back by one of his support drivers.
Martin Hill, one of Lenny’s good friends, has commented on his progress so far.
He said: “He’s always done charity walks like this, but for smaller causes that aren’t as well known as the other more prominent charities for veterans that are out there.
“Lots of the time he carries two flags around with him – one for the Veterans United Against Suicide (VUAS) and the other for the Royal Marines Charity (RMA).
“From one ex-serviceman to another, I’m very proud and I give Lenny my utmost respect. He’ll complete it and he won’t back down. I really hope that the fundraising goal is exceeded.
“I got to know him as I spotted him whilst he was completing one of his yomps. He walks for miles and miles!
“He will occasionally take a detour if he can spot any memorial monuments where he will be able to pay his respects to the fallen, but once he has he’ll get back on track.”
Lenny’s daughter, Alison Browett, is the Owner of Poppy’s Café in Earl Shilton, who currently holds a veterans breakfast on the first Saturday of every month from 10am until 1pm, where free teas and coffees are offered to veterans.
Lenny is a member of the Veterans Breakfast Club, which is held every fourth Saturday of every month at the Hansom Cab, Brookfield Road, Burbage – it serves both currently serving and former veterans discounted breakfasts, free teas, coffees and cold juices.
Leonard’s Go Fund Me fundraiser can be found here, where donations can be sent to help him hit his fundraising goal of £1,000.