Gillingham’s army wife took a buggy ride for an armed forces charity

Sarah Morton ran a half marathon for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

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Sarah Morton, from Gillingham, Kent, ran a half marathon while pushing her two children in their buggy after the remembrance parade at Brompton Barracks on Sunday November 14.

She completed the course in four hours and a minute, raising £ 535 so far for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Sarah, whose husband is a corporal in the Royal Engineers, decided to take up the challenge for SSAFA as a thank you and appreciation for the help the charity gave her when her husband was deployed to South Sudan during six months.

Pregnant and caring for her young child on her own, miles from family and friends, Sarah contacted SSAFA where she was offered life support.

The charity provided funds to support her in a nursery placement and local volunteers reached out to Sarah regularly to make contact with her, helping her to cope with the loneliness and isolation she felt at following the deployment of her husband.

Sarah said: “SSAFA has been a great help to our family during this difficult time. Not just financially, but also emotionally. I was able to send our son to nursery twice a week and my social worker contacted me to offer emotional support and we sometimes met in person which as a mother of a small child , encouraged me a lot.

“I would like to thank some of this kindness by raising funds, it will allow them to help even more families like mine. “

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SSAFA has provided practical, emotional and financial support to the Forces and their families since 1885 and not just in times of conflict.

The association’s teams of volunteers and staff help those currently serving, veterans and their families maintain their independence and dignity. You can continue to support Sarah here. Learn more about SSAFA here.

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