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Raising money for the NCC – Nic and Andy’s story

Two members of the Navy walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall earlier this summer to raise funds on our behalf. Documenting the whole trek over Facebook, here’s a summary of their awesome efforts. 

Stretching over 84 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall is hardly the place for a quick ramble. 

Built to protect the final frontiers of the Roman Empire from the rebellious Celts in the north, it’s the kind of place that breeds mettle and demands determination. 

Nic Smith and Andy Dannatt have got both in spades. Both serving members of the Royal Navy, they decided they’d take on the challenge of walking the length of Hadrian’s famous boundary, raising money for the Naval Children’s Charity along the way. 

Originally a party of three, Nic, Andy and their friends Nigel ‘Donk’ Donaldson are not only bound by their time in the naval service. 

All of these men have seen their families tragically impacted by serious childhood illnesses. 

We’re so proud to have helped these families through these difficult times, and are so grateful for the efforts they’ve made to help other Naval children. 

Unfortunately, Nigel had to pull out of the walk at the final hour following a positive Covid test. He did however take over as chief documentarian for the trip, receiving video updates from his mates on their route, and posting them on the team’s Facebook page, ‘Walking the Wall’


The lads traversed the 84 miles in just over four days, not bad sledding considering the 30 degree heat and ensuing torrential rain, 25kg packs on their back and instant noodles for dinner. 

At time of writing, the team have smashed their goal of raising over £2,400 for the charity. You can still donate, by clicking here.

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