Charity– Running the London Marathon in a 75Lb Bomb Suit

Discussion in 'Charities and Welfare' started by sportsafternoon, Apr 7, 2009.

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  1. Charity Event – Running the London Marathon in a 75Lb Bomb Suit

    Author Chris Hunter served as a counter-terrorist bomb disposal operator in Iraq in 2004. He and his Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were repeatedly targeted by insurgent bombs and on one occasion had to fight their way out of a ferocious ambush, yet miraculously, they all survived the tour. However, in bomb disposal everybody’s time or luck runs out eventually and within weeks of returning from their Iraq tour, Corporals Mick Brennan and Neil Heritage - two of the members of the original team - were re-deployed and were hit by a powerful suicide car bomb. Both men suffered horrendous injuries, including losing both legs above the knee.

    To raise awareness of their plight – and that of other limbless British Servicemen - Chris Hunter will be attempting to run the London Marathon in a 75Lb protective EOD Suit. He’ll be accompanied along the route by former Parachute Regiment soldier Ian Madgett and former Army medic Dr Mark McCaldin. Between them, they are hoping to raise £100,000 for BLESMA - the national charity for limbless serving and ex service men and women.

    For decades the vast majority of the British people have known nothing but peace, but while we sleep safely in our beds at night, scores of men and women from our armed forces are killed or injured defending our interests overseas. Those that do make it back alive, often have to cope with the physical and emotional consequences of their injuries for the rest of their lives…this is our opportunity to say thank you to them. Please give generously by following the link: http://www.justgiving.com/chrishunter4
     
  2. How did it go?

    Was hoping for a bit of coverage from the BBC, but nothing!