Running 75k for the Royal British Legion
Kevin Staniforth, Waterman’s Training Development Manager, has joined The Royal British Legion’s (RBL) 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities in this year’s modified ‘My Poppy Run’ as they provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families on the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
Since 1921, the country’s largest Armed Forces charity has seen volunteers proudly positioned in our train stations, shopping centres and street corners with their array of tribute poppies for sale and, although the coronavirus outbreak has changed the way they are able to operate their national Poppy Appeal this year, The Legion are rallying their forces to ensure the continued support and protection of their community. This includes helping people who are isolated from their family, facing homelessness, struggling to feed their children or in financial crisis.
With the annual run typically taking place in local parks throughout October and November, this year Kevin decided to join hundreds of eager runners across the UK as part of a virtual running community as they walk, run or jog any distance in a park, around town or on a treadmill in their free time. He aims to complete his own target of 75k by Remembrance Day on 11 November.
Kevin explains: “After serving in HM forces for 10 years and seeing the awesome job that the Royal British Legion do to support those currently serving, our veterans and their families, I know that undertaking this small task will go a long way to help so many people. As I’m also involved in mental health training with Waterman, I felt this year it was even more important to join this worthy cause and support the wellbeing of anyone whose recovery has been made even more complicated by COVID-19 so they know they are not forgotten or alone!”
If you would like to buy a poppy or donate to the RBL, please visit their website here.
If you would like to show your support for Kevin, please visit his ‘My Poppy Run’ page by clicking here.