A BRITISH Army veteran is set to tackle a gruelling 96-mile Jurassic Coast trek for charity.

Frank Roberts, from Swanage, will be leading a small team on the Jurassic Coast March on Friday, May 21.

The former Royal Corps of Signals soldier was scheduled to take on the coastal hike last year, on what would have been the centenary of the Royal Corps of Signals, but this was postponed due to the pandemic.

Frank hopes to raise £5,000 on the walk, which will be split between the Royal Corps of Signals charity and Swanage Army Link.

Dorset Echo: Frank Roberts

The Swanage Railway volunteer will be setting off from Orcombe Point, Exmouth, and hopes to finish at Old Harry Rocks on Wednesday, May 26.

Along the route Frank will be wild camping.

He said: "The Royal Corps of Signals was to have celebrated its centenary last June but the Covid-19 pandemic prevented all but a few events from happening – including our Jurassic Coast March from Exmouth to Swanage.

“I have been determined to raise some funds for the Royal Corps of Signals charity based at Blandford Camp in Dorset.

“I would like to give something back to the Royal Corps of Signals charity and also help Swanage Army Link record the contribution made by soldiers in our community since 1983.

Dorset Echo: Frank Roberts

"The funds raised on the Jurassic Coast March will be split equally between these two good causes."

Swanage mayor Mike Bonfield, said: “I am delighted to be supporting Frank who has always worked tirelessly for so many things around Swanage and I would ask the public to support this sponsored walk along the Jurassic Coast for such worthwhile causes.”

Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/swanagearmylink to support Frank on his effort.