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Grandmother walking 400 miles to support homeless veterans

A grandmother is entering the final stretch of an epic 400-mile journey walking across England to raise money for homeless veterans.

Audrey McCune, 66, set off from Saxmundham in eastern England and will finish on Christmas morning at the Palace Barracks army post in Holywood, Northern Ireland, the Mirror reports. Her hometown is nearby Belfast.

She is doing the walk to support the Walking With The Wounded charity, which raises money to help injured and homeless veterans find careers outside the service.

“I know I’m a 66-year-old granny but fortunately I’m very fit and healthy,” said McCune, whose grandson is in the army.

McCune is currently in Derbyshire battling bad weather, but is 300 miles into the trek.

"I walked seven miles the other day to find the road was flooded so I had to walk seven miles back and another four to get to the next road,” she told the Mirror.

McCune, who previously worked as a head housekeeper for the royal family, hopes to raise $3,000 and said she has been given money by supporters along the way.

Two British soldiers, Harry Bucknall and Jock Davis, raised $44,000 for the charity after walking 335 miles from the Scottish borders and finishing in London on Monday.

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