Jonny runs for Support Our Paras
Jonny Mortimer Hendry
Jonny is running the 2019 London Marathon for Support Our Paras. He has never run a Marathon and will run it in Body Armour in under 4hrs
Raising money for
Support Our Paras
When you go to war you take out a loan, when you return you pay it back. I joined The Parachute Regiment as an Officer, serving within all three Battalions. These included tours in Afghanistan, which I had the privilege of leading Paratroopers through an intense period of conflict. The challenge and camaraderie during this time presented a dichotomy that is hard to explain to those without similar experiences. I was involved in incidents that I struggled to process on return to the UK, the remedy I sought was to deploy back into the conflict zone that I’d recently left, catharsis in its most raw delivery. My first tour ended by arriving straight into Birmingham Hospital after flying back from Afghanistan with a seriously injured Paratrooper who died on landing in the UK. A few months later, I was back in Helmand. We were low on ammunition, surrounded by a very determined enemy and the man next to me had just been shot in the head. I remember feeling numb, I couldn’t process any more emotional responses. On returning to the UK after the last tour, I missed being away. To the credit of the Regiment’s welfare system, I started to seek help through SOP with processing my experiences.
London Marathon in Body Armour 2019
The support and relief of having an incredible charity like Support Our Paras has helped me, as they continue to help others. I will be running the London Marathon in body armour, for the men we lost, to highlight the need for organisations like Support Our Paras and to encourage soldiers to speak with someone about their experiences. Over the past 10 years, the stigma about Mental Health has improved significantly, but we still have a long way to go. Donating to Support Our Paras will directly benefit those who are most in need. From physiotherapy, counselling and veteran care, this is an outstanding organisation that looks after the welfare of the soldiers and families of The Parachute Regiment. Any donation however big or small will go to this amazing charity run by very special people.
Running / Walking
Event is completed
with gift aid: £15,127.25
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