A BUS driver plans to do his bit for soldiers in Afghanistan by pulling an Army Land Rover the length of Hounslow High Street.
Andre McGill, who had both legs broken while serving in Northern Ireland during the early 80s, will attempt the feat on Sunday June 28 and he hopes to raise more than £2,000 for the charity Help For Heroes.
The 50-year-old, of Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, will drag the one-tonne truck about one-and-a-quarter miles from Hounslow bus garage to the Royal British Legion base.
The grandfather-of-six will stop to catch his breath, and lay a wreath, at Holy Trinity Church in the High Street.
He said he was inspired to take up the challenge after a friend lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, where his son-in-law is currently on duty.
"There's not enough support out there for soldiers who get injured in Afghanistan," he told the Chronicle. "The Legion's spending more money every year than it's getting in from the Poppy Appeal and you only have to read the papers to see how bad the conditions are for our troops. It's important to raise awareness among the public."
Mr McGill added that he was already in training for the big day and felt confident he could pull it off.
"I don't go to the gym but I'm fairly fit – you have to be, working on the buses," he said. "We used to do a sponsored bus pull at the garage every year, until we had to stop for health and safety reasons, so this isn't entirely new."
Andre will leave the bus garage in Kingsley Road at 12.30pm and pull the truck to Douglas Road, from where it will be driven to Bell Road, outside Yates's pub. He will continue to drag it from there to the RBL base in Whitton Road.
You can support Andre by dropping a donation in a marked envelope to Hounslow bus garage, our office in Staines Road, or sponsoring him online at: www.justgiving.com/andremcgill
Andre McGill with the Land Rover he will pull along Hounslow High Street