Aldershot community raises £6,500 for military children’s charity

MORE than 400 people braved the wet weather and gathered in Aldershot recently for a 10K race and family event that raised £6,500 for the military children’s charity Little Troopers.

Celebrating the fact that April is the Month of the Military Child, runners from across Aldershot and beyond laced up their trainers as  Raceways Events, supported by RUK Systems, organised a 10K closed-road race starting and finishing at Aldershot Military Stadium.

More than 150 children then completed a kids’ fun run around the Stadium track. Runners included three-year-old Max Berry who raised an incredible £850 and 9-year-old Cyrus who was sponsored to dance around the track. All the children went home with a medal and certificate. The team at Little Troopers also arranged lots of fun family activities including circus skills and crazy golf.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, commented:

“Thank you so much to everyone in Aldershot who came to support our event. It was incredible to see so many people come out to support our charity and it was a real privilege to spend the day celebrating the Month of the Military Child with so many children from the Aldershot community. I hope they all went home feeling like very special little troopers. As a small charity, events like this make such a big difference to the work we do. A big thank you to our headline sponsor and event facilitator, RUK Systems, without which, this event would not be possible.”

Kirsty Leahy, Events and Marketing Manager for Raceways Events, said:

“Little Troopers is a wonderful charity and we are incredibly proud to have organised the first Little Troopers 10K race. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to pull this together and all of our wonderful volunteers, including the cadets who did a stirling job of keeping our runners safe on a new course!”

Little Troopers is the only tri-service charity in the UK dedicated to supporting children who have parents currently serving in the British Armed Forces, both regular and reserve.

Every penny raised in Aldershot will support the crucial work the charity does providing resources, initiatives and events for military children nationwide, including its Little Troopers at School programme, Little Trooper of the Month award scheme, Little Troopers At Home resources for military families and the charity’s annual Christmas Smiles campaign.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit: www.littletroopers.net.