Mission accomplished for codebreaker Kellen

Codebreaker Kellen Craig.

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A Corrie youngster has been on a secret fundraising mission involving walking 50 miles and cracking encrypted codes to compile a message – all from the safety of Arran.

Kellen Craig, aged nine, has been taking part in Operation Bletchly – a virtual codebreaking challenge in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund.

His mission has been to walk the distance between Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes to Westminster in London – 50 miles – before the end of July.

For every five miles registered, he has received an encrypted code that he must solve to compile a secret message for none other than Winston Churchill!

Kellen took on the challenge to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund, which means a lot to his family.

His grandad served 27 years, great grandads on both sides fought in the Second World War, his great, great grandad lost his life in the First World War and uncles served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The charity supports families who have suffered bereavement and pays for veterans to receive physio therapy for injuries and more.

Kellen completed his walk on Arran in 20 days. He was joined by his five-year-old brother Jenson and dog Skye. Rain or shine, he has walked his socks off raising well above his initial target. His current total is £366.32 – and counting.

He received his ’50 mile mission accomplished’ award this week.

However, Kellen has enjoyed it so much he has decided to continue walking for the rest of the month in the hope he gets close to the 100 mile mark of Paris deep in occupied France.

If you would like to help Kellen raise money, follow the link below. https://operationbletchley-50miles.everydayhero.com/uk/kellen


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Kellen at the Corrie war memorial. NO_B231mission02

Kellen clocks up the miles with a walk to the Eas Mor waterfall. NO_B31mission03

Kellen out walking with his brother Jenson. NO_B31mission04

A wet walk with his beloved dog Skye. NO_B31mission05

Thumbs up as Kellen completes another milestone. NO_B31million06

Top of the world. Kellen walking in the Clauchland Hills. NO_B31million07

Keiran with his Army Benevolent Fund branded face scarf. NO_B31million08

His ‘mission accomplished’ award. NO_B31million09