For Lauren Drake going for a walk took a new meaning when her Royal Marine husband was involved in an accident.

Corporal Matt Drake was deployed on HMS Ocean with Plymouth-based Lima Company, 42 Commando, in December 2016.

As part of the deployment, the men had the opportunity to do some adventure training. Matt and some of his colleagues went out on some dune buggies when the one he was travelling in crashed.

"We went over a sand dune and there was a crash the other side," he said.

"Fortunately the other lads were ok and were able to dust themselves off. I didn't fair too well unfortunately and am now in a wheelchair."

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The 33-year-old Afghanistan veteran fractured his fifth thoracic vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord.

He's now paralysed from the chest down.

Last year Lauren decided to raise £3,000 to buy an attachment for Matt's wheelchair.

The Batec attachment means the family will be able to go for a cycle together and Matt can keep up his fitness.

On April 27, joined by her girlfriends, Lauren will walk 50 miles non-stop from Lympstone to Dartmoor.

She said: 

"I've not been on Dartmoor at night before and I have Matt helping me map read." 

Matt added: "She's taking on a lot and she's doing really well. I'm really proud of her."

As Lauren began training the Royal Marines Charity stepped in and donated the funds for the Batec.

But Lauren isn't walking away from the challenge.

The pair hopes to be able to donate the money back to the charity and give some of it to the local charity run preschool their son attends.

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