Maureen Lightbody Veteran Walker

WWII Veteran Takes On Birthday Walking Challenge For Charity

Maureen Lightbody was inspired to take on the challenge by Captain Sir Tom Moore's fundraising achievements.

Maureen Lightbody Veteran Walker

A World War Two veterans has walked the equivalent of nearly 90 miles to celebrate her birthday and raise money for charity.

Maureen Lightbody, from County Down, has walked 95 Roman miles, over the course of 95 days, to celebrate her 95th birthday. 

A Roman mile is measured by 1,000 paces, and roughly equates to 0.9 miles.

During the Second World War, at 18 years old, Maureen served as a signaller with the Women's Royal Naval Service, commonly know as the Wrens.

She helped dispatch the armada of American ships from Belfast Lough on route to the Normandy beaches. 

After seeing Captain Sir Tom Moore's achievement of walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday earlier this year, Maureen felt the Navy "'ought to do their bit".

"If my daily 'mile' can do something worthwhile, no matter how small, I will be content," she said.

"This is not a competition, it is something, like the war, that we are all in together."

Maureen celebrated her birthday on 17 July and managed to complete the challenge on the same day.

She has raised more than £19,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support with the amount still rising.  

Cover Image: Family photo.