Sutton Valence School staff strengthening ties to military charity by taking on Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

1 July 2014 15:21

Two members of staff from a Kent independent school will tackle a 13 mile run to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK.

Glen Millbery, teacher and former Major Gurkha Prem Ale, CCF Adjutant at Sutton Valence School, are taking on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 12 October 2014, with the route running past some of London's most iconic landmarks.

Glen, 43 and from Maidstone, says: "We participated in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon last year - it was a great way to get fit and lose weight whilst keeping me motivated. It was such great fun, we decided to do it again this year."

Prem, 50 and also from Maidstone, says: "As well as the great connection Sutton Valence School has with Blind Veterans UK, I'm an ex-Service man myself, so I wanted to support this great charity, which helps visually impaired veterans."

Retired Major Prem Ale served in the Army from 1985 until 2011 with the Gurkha Engineers. During this time, Prem served in Kosovo and Iraq.

Sutton Valence School has a special relationship with Blind Veterans UK as the father of their former headmaster Joe Davies was supported by the charity. Sutton Valence School Combined Cadet Force also participates in the Cadet and Youth Challenge.

Glen added: "Before I started working at Sutton Valence School I hadn't heard of Blind Veterans UK. Now I've been to the Brighton centre where we had a tour of the facility, I realised it was a fantastic and worthy charity to fundraise for."

Glen and Prem have been putting in the hours training together, building up to the event with shorter runs and plenty of hills to increase the challenge.

To sponsor Glen Millbery and Prem Ale please visit their Just Giving Page.

Blind Veterans UK still has guaranteed places available for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, for a guaranteed place, Blind Veterans UK requests a registration fee of £30 and minimum sponsorship raised of £300. If you secured a place through the ballot, Blind Veterans UK would love you to join our team.

All our runners receive a free exclusive Blind Veterans UK running vest to keep. Get in touch today by calling Aaron on 020 7616 7927 or email