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Army wife inspired by her family history to run Royal Parks half marathon for Blind Veterans UK

Date
1 July 2014 14:38

Nurse Angela Barrington from Bedford is running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

Nurse Angela Barrington from Bedford is running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London on 12 October 2014 in aid of Blind Veterans UK, after learning about her family's lifelong support for the charity.

Angela, 30, and a mother of two is taking on the challenge with her husband Craig, 31, a Sergeant in the Army whose grandmother Dorothy Collins has supported Blind Veterans UK since the Second World War. Dorothy, 87, from Dorset has supported the charity since 1943 in memory of her brother who died after his plane was shot down in Nieheim, Germany.

Angela says: "As someone with a family connection to a soldier who died during the Second World War, I have a very personal reason for raising money for Blind Veterans UK. As an Army wife with a husband recently back from Afghanistan, I feel very strongly about the importance of military charities. And as a nurse, I know first-hand how important and precious sight is.

"My husband's grandmother Dorothy supported Blind Veterans UK since losing her brother in World War II. She felt strongly that she wanted to support a military charity in memory of her brother and others who gave their lives for their country. This has inspired me and my husband to raise as much money as we can by running the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Our two daughters will be cheering us on, and hopefully we'll be inspiring the next generation to support this wonderful charity."

Blind Veterans UK still has a few guaranteed places available for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. Please visit our event page to apply for yours.

Victoria Marshall, Events Officer at Blind Veterans UK, said: "We'd like to hear from anyone who is still hoping to get a place for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon - or anyone who has a ballot place but hasn't yet chosen a charity. We offer our team of runners lots of support and assistance plus the knowledge that the money they raise will make a real difference to the lives of blind ex-Service men and women."