Soldier ready for marathon effort

By Rob George 19/04 Updated: 25/04 09:32

Sean Cochrane who will be hitting the streets of London to raise money for BLESMA. (s)

A SOLDIER from Hallow will honour the sacrifices of his fellow servicemen when he hits the streets of the capital on Sunday (April 22) to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.

Sean Cochrane will tackle the gruelling 26.2mile London Marathon in a bid to raise cash for BLESMA - The Limbless Veterans charity.

The 43-year-old is set to leave the Army next month after 22 years of service and wants to give something back to his fellow servicemen who have lost limbs while serving their country.

BLESMA has been helping wounded serving and ex-servicemen and women and their families for more than 80 years.

The charity helps those who have lost limbs, the use of limbs or their sight in the line of duty to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.

Sean will be running on the day with his friend Paul Fox who is also a serving soldier.

He recently took part in a half marathon on behalf of BLESMA, in preparation for his marathon effort and completed the course in just one hour 30 minutes.

Sean said: “I am due to leave the Army in May after 22 years of service and I would like to give something back to my fellow servicemen who have suffered such terrible injuries while serving our country.

“I also believe that some of the other Armed Forces charities sometimes tend to overshadow BLESMA and the wonderful work that they do."

“Running in the London Marathon on behalf of the charity is my way of acknowledging the sacrifices made by so many and I would love to help BLESMA in continuing their tremendous support.”

Jerome Church, general secretary of BLESMA said: “We have seen our brave soldiers return home with some appalling injuries while on duty, which can have devastating life-long effects.

“The generosity of people such as Sean, who has already given so much as a serving soldier is vital to us in providing continuous support to our members. We are immensely grateful for his tremendous efforts.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Sean-Cochrane01 to support him in his efforts to raise vital funds for BLESMA.

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