STAFF from Waitrose in Sudbury are raising money for traumatised British veterans by running six miles.
First-time runners Jade Golton, Rebecca Murphy, both 21, Chloe Long, 20, Sarah Jeans and Grace Stanley, both 19, are in training for the British 10k Run in London on July 8.
“My boyfriend Alfie Burke served in the Army for six years and we are both aware of the number of veterans leaving the armed forces with psychological wounds,” said Jade, from Great Cornard.
The group will be joined by Cpl Jamie Davis, a member of 3rd Parachute Regiment in Colchester, his fiancé and Alfie’s sister Pc Enise Bala, of Sudbury Police, and Infinity nightclub worker Marie Rowe.
They are hoping to raise a total of £2,000 for Combat Stress, a charity that cares for the mental health of those that have served their country.
“The services Combat Stress offer are not routinely available on the NHS or elsewhere, so we often make people aware of this charity in order to seek help,” added Jade.
The group is planning a bake sale at Waitrose next Saturday, bingo nights and a car wash, and are in the early stages of training at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.
“It will be an achievement as we have never done a run like this before,” said Rebecca.
q Anyone interested in joining the group should email email@example.com, or to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/teamcombatstress.