Former Royal Marine’s charity ‘yomp’

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A FORMER Royal Marine is to undertake a sponsored walk from Arbroath to Poole in Dorset to raise money for several charities.

Thomas Davies (pictured) was born in Carmarthen, Wales, and was known in the Marines by his nickname Taff. He joined the Royal Marines in 1972 and served until 1997.

During this time he was stationed at various military bases. He began his career at Condor as a members of 45 Royal Marine Commando and retired 25 years later from Poole.

Taff is now a civilian and works for the Department of Works and Pensions. He resides in Bellevue Gardens, Arbroath.

Taff decided to raise money for three charities - Breast Cancer Care, SBS Association and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

He will undertake the sponsored walk, or ‘Yomp’ as its called in the Marines, from Arbroath all the way to Poole, starting and finishing at the two places he started and ended his career in the Marines.

Taff starts his epic journey from Arbroath on Saturday, May 19, and will journey along the following popular walkways, Fife coastal path, Water of Leith cycle path, Pennine Way, Limestone Way, parts of the Staffordshire and Heart of England Ways, Cotswold Way and the Stour Valley Way, finally ending his charity yomp in Poole on Thursday, July 12.