Polmont prison officers tackle the wall to help heroes

The prison officers and their support driver Lorna Mulholland
The prison officers and their support driver Lorna Mulholland

Four prison officers are swapping the walls of Polmont Young Offenders Institution for one named after a great Roman warrior.

William Mulholland (45), Ian Todd (56), both from Polmont, joined by Robert Imrie (51), of Alloa, Kirkintillloch’s Thomas Jeffrey (54), started trekking the route of Hadrian’s Wall on Monday.

They hope to raise thousands of pounds for the Armed Forces charity Help For Heroes by completing the 86-mile walk by tomorrow (Friday).

All are Army veterans, serving in the Scots Guards, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Royal Marine Commandos.

Father-of-one Mr Mulholland said: “We spoke a lot about doing something for the charity because we’ve all still got close links to the Armed Forces.

‘‘My son is in the Royal Navy and we know a lot of guys in Afghanistan.

“We thought that as Hadrian was a great warrior we should do that walk.

‘‘A lot of Scots do the West Highland Way, but we thought this would be a bit different.’’.

Falkirk Council has given the squad a minibus to travel down in and Eurohostel in Newcastle offered a couple of free nights’ accomodation.

The four hope to raise more than £2000 and will be keeping a daily blog of their journey on Facebook.

To donate visit www.bemycharity.com/hadrianswallsps.