A FLINTSHIRE armed forces veteran is to take on the highest mountain in north Africa.

James Robins, from Mold, will be travelling to Morocco to trek up the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal, to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

James Robins served 9 years in the Royal Corps of Signal in the British Army before becoming an Openreach employee in north Wales.

In September, James and 17 other Openreach employees will be travelling to Morocco to tackle the 4,167 metre high mountain.

James said: “I am incredibly honoured to be one of the Openreach employees trekking Mount Toubkal for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

"The money raised from the trek will help SSAFA continue to provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces community, including their vital service Forcesline.”

Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving (regulars and reserves), ex-Forces and their families.

James, who was medically discharged from the British Army after an injury to his right eye, will spend three days climbing Mount Toubkal to raise £2,000 for the charity.

James Grant, head of corporate fundraising and events at SSAFA, said: “We are incredibly grateful to James and his fellow Openreach employees for taking part in the Mount Toubkal Trek. It promises to be an incredible challenge to help support SSAFA and the Armed Forces community.”

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the forces, and their families. This includes both regulars and reserves.