Soldier runs in Brighton Marathon in memory of fallen comrade

Date
4 March 2013 10:00

Shrewsbury born Captain Andrew Fox plans to run in the Brighton Marathon in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

Shrewsbury born Captain Andrew Fox plans to run in the Brighton Marathon in aid of Blind Veterans UK, wearing full army kit, which weighs an impressive 20 kilograms or 44 pounds, the weight of a small child.

Andrew, 33, is running to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK, in memory of friend and colleague Captain Stephen (Steve) Healey, who was killed in Afghanistan last year. Steve was described by his Commanding Officer as "one of the best of his generation" at the recent inquest into his death.

Andrew met Captain Stephen (Steve) Healey, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan on 26th May 2012, when they were both Platoon Commanders together in B Company of the 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh. They were posted to Cyprus and Chester together, and became good friends.

Andrew said: "Steve was one of those all round good blokes. All of the officers and soldiers who knew him loved him. He was one of those people you aspired to try and be like".

Andrew will be running alongside other of Steve's comrades as well as Thea Davies, who was Steve's partner. The Brighton Marathon is just one of 20 marathons and half marathons that Thea is running as part of her year-long running challenge to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK. Thea decided to run 415 miles as Steve was the 415th fallen soldier.

Both Andrew and Thea have decided to raise money in aid of Blind Veterans UK, given the support Steve showed the charity.

Steve and other colleagues set up a number of charity events to raise important funding and awareness for the charity after they witnessed the support that comrades who had been injured had received from it. One of these was Shaun Stocker who was badly injured in an IED blast in Afghanistan in April 2010. Steve had been Shaun's Platoon Commander. You can support Andrew by visiting his JustGiving page.

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