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Royal Marine wife to yomp 50 miles in support of husband facing life changing injury


In December 2016, Corporal Matt Drake was left paralysed from chest level after an accident whilst deployed with 42 Commando Royal Marines.  

This year has been tough for Matt and his wife, Lauren, with Matt facing 6 weeks flat bed rest, followed by the tough rehabilitation process. In typical #RMfamily fashion, Matt and Lauren have faced these challenges together, and now Lauren and a small group of ladies are undertaking a 50-mile non-stop challenge in support of Matt and The Royal Marines Charity.

“2017 has been the worst/hardest year of our lives and Matt has been so amazing. Going from 6 weeks flat bed rest to then getting stuck into rehab giving it his all. I can't say in words how proud I am of him!”

“I really wanted to do something for him which would challenge me which leads me to this yomp.”


To support Matt, The Royal Marines Charity have recently agreed to purchase an attachment for Matt’s wheelchair, which will now allow him to take part in family activities with is two boys, in which he cannot currently participate.

“We cannot thank The Royal Marines Charity enough as a family for all of the support they have given us over the last year!"

As a thank you and to further support Matt, in April of this year, Lauren will be joined by a small group of ladies on a 50-mile yomp to raise funds for both The Royal Marines Charity (70%) & Lympstone Pre School (30%).

The group will be Yomping from CTCRM Lympstone to Cadover Bridge, 50 miles non-stop! 

“The Royal Marines Charity do so much to help and support military family’s we are so pleased we can do this yomp and fundraise for them.”

To follow their brilliant fundraising efforts, or if you would like to make a donation, please find their fundraising page here.