A CHARITY WALK held in memory of an RAF hero from Deeside who was killed in Iraq has raised £980.

The sponsored walk, held on Saturday, November 25, raised the money for the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Family and friends of Senior Aircraftman (SAC) Peter McFerran walked from the Ski Boat Club at Connah’s Quay to The Countess of Chester Hospital Country Park.

The annual event aims to honour the memory of RAF Gunner Mr McFerran, who was killed at Basra Airbase on July 19, 2007, aged 24. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌

His mum Ann embarked on the eight-mile trip alongside family and friends.

His parents, Ann and Bob, were joined by serving and veteran members of the RAF Regiment and their families.

Four Connah's Quay councillors; Debbie Owen, Roz Mansell, David Addaway and Vince Roberts also participated in the walk, as well as several other supportive members of the community.

The 7.2 mile journey was walked from the Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club Connah's Quay, along the Chester Millenium Greenway to the Countess of Chester Country Park, Chester - followed by refreshments at the nearby Little Owl pub.

The walk was also mirrored on the same day by 3 RAF Regiment veterans who are currently working overseas in Iraq.

Posting to the JustGiving page after the walk, mum Ann said: "Yesterday (November 25) was our Annual Walk, from Connah's Quay to Chester, in memory of Peter.

"22 walkers joined me on the walk and, in that 22, there were seven children, six of whom completed the walk whilst little Leo (aged three years) managed six miles before he joined Taid in his car.

"Thanks to all our walkers and supporters (some walked the distance in Iraq just a little earlier than we walked) we have raised £764.00 on line and £216.47 in cash making a total of £980.47p so well done everyone and thank you."

Mr McFerran was born in November 1982. He was eight weeks premature and was given just a few days to live.

But following treatment from the expert staff in the Special Care Baby Unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital, he survived and in 2004 joined 1 Squadron of the RAF Regiment.

The money raised from this event, which has taken place annually since 2008, is donated to the unit.