People in Oldham have completed an 80km fundraiser challenge for Armed Forces Week and the D-Day anniversary. 

Sarah's Community Challenges Project (SCCP) organised the event in honour of the 80th anniversary of D-Day and took place during Armed forces week.

Founded by Sarah Tate, from Lees, SCCP supports individuals, charities and the wider community as well as working to inspire others to challenge themselves.

This latest event saw the challengers, Sarah, 37, Mark Angus, 38, and former soldier Martin Brindley, 62, trek through Oldham, Salford, and Manchester city centre for the 80km walk.

Sarah said: “It was wonderful. We all persevered despite our sore feet and blisters. If I’d had to crawl to finish the walk, I would have done so.

"What we went through doesn’t compare to what our veterans had to endure."

The event has raised almost £1,000 for support services for veterans, including, including Broughton House Veteran Care Village in Salford.

The group were supported along the way by members of Oldham Youth Council, The Shaw and Crompton Town Crier, as well as Oldham Mayor Councillor Zahid Chauhan. 

At the end of the trail at The Halfway House pub in Royton, they were given a guard of honour by local members of The Royal British Legion.

The money will help to fund a Christmas dinner for the Oldham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club as well as supporting Broughton House and other service causes.

Sarah added: "Everyone who took part geed up one another, and we were warmly welcomed everywhere we went, with well-wishers beeping their horns and giving donations.

“It was great to visit Broughton House on our journey and we are delighted to support it.

“It’s so humbling to be in the company of the veterans there and to hear their stories. Broughton House is an amazing place – there’s nowhere else like in the north west.”

Broughton House Care Village is a residential care home in Salford which has been serving veterans and their family members since 1916.

Jane Green, director of care at Broughton House, said: “The support from Sarah and her group is fantastic.

"They are a really special group of people, championing the cause of our veterans.

Broughton House Care Village, in SalfordBroughton House Care Village, in Salford (Image: Google)

“They are a very important part of our community programme and network of supporters.”

Broughton House has cared for more than 8,000 veterans since it opened its doors to the ex-service community.

Recently renovated, the care village is a complex with a 64-bed care home, two 16-bed households dedicated to veterans with dementia, as well as independent living apartments, an array of modern facilities, a museum, gym, hairdressing and barber’s salon, and a restaurant and bar for residents.