October 17th 2013

Reservists raise charity cash

Ten Reservists from 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester ran 13 miles carrying a stretcher to raise cash for a soldiers charity last weekend (13 October).

The team of runners, from the Army Reserve, raised £500 for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) by taking part in the Leicester Half Marathon.

The team was made up of a mixture of male and female participants who each trained in their spare time to run the distance and raise as much money as possible.

Each participant has fitted in training around their busy civilian careers which include working as a nurse, physio therapist, nursery nurse, engineer or caretaker among others.

Nichola Shenton a Combat Medical Technician was one of the Reservists who took part in the charity run. She said: “We had a really great time running the half marathon; we had loads of support from people watching even though it never stopped raining. It was tough carrying the stretcher and I really felt tired at the end, but it was worth it knowing that we had managed to raise money for a good cause”.

The group, which also included two regular soldiers, aimed to raise money through collections at the event and via the Just Giving web page they set up.

The Leicester Half Marathon took place on 13 October and runners followed 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.