September 10th 2013

Reserves run the distance for charity

Ten Reservists from 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester are planning to run 13 miles carrying a stretcher to raise cash for a soldiers charity.

The team of runners, from the Army Reserve, is made up of a mixture of male and female participants who have each been training hard to run the distance and raise as much money as possible for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) by taking part in the Leicester Half Marathon.
Each participant has been fitting in training around their busy civilian careers which include working as a nurse, physio therapist, nursery nurse, engineer or caretaker among others.
Corporal Timmy Jacques, aged 34, is one of the Reservists taking part in the charity run and has recently returned from a tour of Afghanistan. He said: “During my time in Afghanistan I spent a lot of time on the ground caring for injured service men and women. Being in an open environment where anything can happen in terms of casualties has made me personally want to raise more funding for the ABF to go towards helping soldiers or their families in times of need.
“During the Leicester Half Marathon we will be carrying a medical stretcher with a mannequin on it to raise awareness of the medical squadron being in Leicester and in this case wanting to do our bit to raise vital cash for a charity close to our hearts.”
The group, which also includes two permanent members of Army Reserve staff, aims to raise £1,500 through collections at the event and via the Just Giving web page they have set up.
The Leicester Half Marathon takes place on 13 October this year and runners will follow an anti-clockwise loop starting and finishing in Victoria Park. If you would like to make a donation to the squadron’s Just Giving page visit
To find out more about joining 222 Medical Squadron please contact WO2 Partridge on 01162703342, email or walk in at Brentwood Road TA Centre any Wednesday evening between 7.30pm – 9.00pm.