Ross will be representing Pendle Lease at the London Marathon 2020 to raise money for the outstanding charity that is ABF The Soldier's Charity!
The men and women of the British Armed Forces are some of the most inspirational and selfless people our country has to offer. Unfortunately, many of them have paid the ultimate sacrifice. ABF The Soldier's Charity do some amazing work to help service personnel and their families.
Here are some of their achievements from 2018-19:
- The total charitable expenditure was around £17.3 million, ensuring a complete spectrum of support to more than 70,000 members of the Army family. This includes a £7.1m grant to the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre – the largest in our 75 year history
- They have supported the British Army family all over the world – in 68 countries this year
- The youngest person they supported was two years old, the eldest was 102
- The charity funded 92 other charities and organisations that are providing specialist support to the Army family
- They were awarded £3.7m as grants to individuals in need
- ABF Soldier's Charity were named as Britain’s Most Trusted Charity by Third Sector, jointly with The Royal British Legion
Ross is looking to raise at least £2,000. Here is where any donations go and how YOU can help out:
Your money will go to help soldiers, both veterans and serving, as well as their families, in any way they need help.
Les is a Royal Artillery D-Day Veteran. ABF helped with the cost of a walk-in shower. Without the help from the charity, Les and his wife would have had no choice but to leave their home of 30 years.
Soldiers like Andy Reid, who served in Afghanistan with 3 Yorks, lost both his legs and his right arm. ABF initially paid for a wheelchair ramp, a downstairs bed, installed a wet room, floor lift and decking as well as paving his driveway to make his life easier with his prosthetic legs and maintain his independence.
You can read many more fantastic and inspiring stories where ABF Soldiers' Charity has helped service men and women from WW2 to modern day conflicts here:
How can you help?
Any donations of any size are greatly appreciated. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ross-thorne98