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Soldier runs epic double marathon

Six soldiers are running a gruelling 52.4 mile double marathon from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst to University Hospital Southampton.

 
The army officer cadets are carrying out the run on Friday 29th March to raise funds for robbiesrally, part of Southampton Hospital Charity.
 
The team – called robbiesregiments - will be led by Officer Cadet Harry Keville who lost his brother Robbie aged 10 to a brain tumour in 2016.
 
And as they near the finish line on the day they will be joined by medical staff from University Hospital Southampton who will run the last six miles to offer support and congratulate them for their fantastic effort.
 
All money raised will go towards Robbiesrehab - a new and unique service for children with brain tumours.
 
The NHS provides rehabilitation for the most seriously ill children who are cared for as inpatients in hospital following neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
 
But it does not have the funding to be able to continue this once they return home so Robbiesrehab fills that gap by providing a complete specialised rehabilitation service for children at home.
 
Harry, whose mother Kate passed away due to cancer four years before the family lost Robbie, will be carrying out the run with fellow cadet officers Jon Cox, Tom Louden, Paul Kennedy, Greg Newton-Jones and Ali Patterson.
 
Harry said: “Through personal experience my family knows how beneficial follow-on rehabilitation is for these young patients who are often left with both physical and psychological damage as a result of their conditions and the gruelling and invasive treatment that follows.”
 
Judith Stephens, Southampton Hospital Charity’s Events and Community Fundraising Manager, said: “Running such a great distance is an inspiring and remarkable achievement and I would urge people to please help Harry and the team by donating to this extremely worthwhile cause.

“It will be great to see these young men arrive at the hospital where they will be joined by our medical staff who will run with them for the final six miles to show their support.”
 
Harry and his father Mark – who lives with sister Lara at the family home in Odiham, Hants – has previously completed 10 marathons in 10 days to raise money in memory of Robbie.
 
The children’s neurosurgery unit at Southampton sees around 300 patients a year and has a survival rate of 98.8 per cent against a national average of 93.3 per cent.
 
To show support and donate please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/exercisecharitablecadet   



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