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Former Dorridge army captain to run marathon for Heart of England Mencap

Solihull Editorial 17th Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN EX-ARMY captain – who served in Afghanistan – is set to help out a little closer to home when he runs his first marathon in the spring.

Will Carr, 29, from Dorridge, will be taking on the London Marathon in April to raise funds for Heart of England Mencap.

The former soldier, who returned from a seven month tour in Afghanistan in 2011, hopes to raise more than £1,500 for the Warwickshire-based charity, a cause close to his heart.

Heart of England Mencap supports local people with learning disabilities, including Will’s girlfriend’s sister.

Will is now a Trainee Solicitor for Wright Hassall, based in Leamington.

And thanks to his employer, he’s already well on the way to raising the £1,500 needed to take part. Wright Hassall has pledged a third of the money, donating £500 to Will’s fundraising appeal.

“I’m hugely grateful to Wright Hassall and to everyone else who has sponsored me already,” Will said.

“This will be the first time I’ve taken on a full marathon and it’s certainly going to be a challenge, but I’m confident the amazing atmosphere in London on the day – and the fact

I’m raising money for a charity I know first-hand does truly amazing things, will keep me going for the 26 miles.”

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for HofE Mencap, added: “We really want to thank Will for his support. A sum like £1,500 really does make a big difference to a charity like ours and it will directly benefit our customers, going towards equipment and activities that help people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.”

Wright Hassall Partner and Head of Corporate, Robert Lee, said: “The Wright Hassall Charitable Trust is delighted to be supporting Will in this challenge. 2016 is the firm’s 170th anniversary year and we are really proud that we have the opportunity to support Heart of England Mencap, a charity which supports families across Warwickshire.”

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 24th.

 

Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WillCarr to sponsor Will.