ARMY’S TOP MODEL: Roxy in a recent ad campaign
A SUCCESSFUL model and soldier is hoping to raise £40,000 for injured and serving soldiers by spending over a month walking 700 miles across the length of Britain.
Roxy Micheals who has starred in high profile ad campaigns for companies such as Malibu and Ernst and Young is hoping that the money raised will go to five charities that help injured soldiers or provide basics for those serving in the field.
But Micheals who joined the Territorial Army’s parachute medical corps in 2007 says that personal heartache has also spurred her bid to raise the cash.
She told The Voice she is doing the 700 mile walk in memory of the son of her ex partner, Lance Corporal Nicky Mason, a young paratrooper who was killed in an explosion while clearing a dam in Kajaki, Afghanistan in September 2008.
“I have known him from a very young age,” said Micheals, who has a tattoo on her arm in memory of Nicky. “His death had a very sad, unbearable impact on the family. He and my daughter were very close. She was distraught,”
She added “I’ve also lost lots of friends and colleagues in the army. They were blown up or shot or killed. In the last three years, of the people who have been personally known to me, I’ve lost about 20. ”
The model, who is also a law and psychology graduate, said that the walk would “…….help a lot of soldiers in the future. A few soldiers came home from war without a scratch but possibly with hidden disabilities that we couldn’t see. For example, a lot of soldiers suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and people think because they haven’t lost an arm or a leg there is nothing wrong. But there is and the soldiers are not getting the help that they should. Last year, I said to myself what can I do to raise some funds?”
The mum of one who has been modelling since she was 12 added that she wants to donate the proceeds from any future photo shoots she does to these charities.
And she revealed she’d even be willing to even pose naked if it led to those much needed funds rolling in. “I would strip off to raise funds for our troops,” she said. “But only if it was tastefully done. I am not into tackiness. What I wanted is for the next couple of years, every model shoot that I do, I am going to donate the money. I have told each charity to set up their Just Giving page and (a page) on their websites. Most should be up in two weeks. Then people can go and donate as little as two pounds to each charity. That way they are only parting with 10 quid.”
TRAGIC LOSS: Lance Corporal Nicky Mason
She is getting ready to join other walkers leaving Leeds on August 16 and will trek through 31 cities including Huddersfield, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield and Gloucester before ending up back in Leeds on September 16.
Micheals, soon to join the Royal Army Medical Corps, is hoping kind-hearted donors will help her raise the much needed cash for Afghan Heroes, a charity set up by six mothers who all lost sons in the war, the Soldiers’ Charity, Garrison Girls, which supports soldiers suffering from PTSD and the Mark Wright project, which helps soldiers re-adjust to civilian life.
Micheals is also hoping to raise funds by recording a single.
Wanna You Wanna will be available for download on August 26, with all the proceeds going to the charities Micheals is supporting.
If you would like to help Roxy raise money for injured and serving soldiers, you can contact her at email@example.com