Family fun run for forces’ heroes

Charity fun run organised by John Lindsay for Forgotten Heroes.'p8923a223
Charity fun run organised by John Lindsay for Forgotten Heroes.'p8923a223

FUNDRAISER John Lindsay wants Five Towns’ residents to join him in a family fun run around Pontefract Park to raise cash for ex-servicemen’s charity Forgotten Heroes.

The father-of-two – whose son Gareth served in the Royal Engineers – has organised the 5km race on June 16 to raise cash for the national charity.

Mr Lindsay, 52, said: “I found out about this charity a couple months ago and I really feel for the people they help.

“It is a charity that’s close to my heart, and all ex-servicemen, carers and families need the help and support they offer.

“My eldest son Gareth was based in Germany while he was serving and now my youngest son Reece wants to join the army to do aeronautics, so knowing there are charities like this out there that will care for them in the future is great.

“They don’t just leave soldiers on the scrapheap, they care for them and help them to settle back into life at home which can be physically very stressful as well as emotionally very difficult.”

The charity – which entirely funded by donations – was set up in 2010 by ex-Royal Dragoon Guards Adam Douglas who was badly injured while serving in Iraq.

Mr Lindsay, of South Elmsall, added: “We hope to raise as much cash as possible and want to invite everyone for a drink in the Chequerfield Hotel in Pontefract afterwards. We hope it will be fun for all the family.”

A gala day for the charity will also be held at the Chequerfield Hotel, The Circle, on Saturday June 30 to mark Armed Forces Day.

For run sponsorship forms email s-temple@sky.com or call Mr Lindsay on 07788 595079.