AN EX-SOLDIER, a nurse and a fitness fanatic are limbering up ready to take on the Birmingham Half Marathon this weekend.
Kevin Rudge, Alex Ferguson and Laura Manton are fundraising for a new minibus for Royal Star and Garter in Solihull to take residents on outings and to medical appointments.
The trio all work for the charity and will be lining up alongside hundreds of others to take to the city’s streets on Sunday (October 13).
Kevin’s father moved to the Solihull Home in 2012 and spent the last year of his life there.
Both his parents-in-law were also cared for by the Monkspath Hall Road home before they passed away, and his mother is a current member of the Star and Garter Day Care club.
He said: “When we came to see the home for the first time we thought it was like a five-star hotel. And we were bowled over at how staff looked after both residents and the family.”
Following his father’s death, he started volunteering and is now the community fundraiser at the Solihull Home.
Alex served in the Army between 2003 and 2014, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal.
The charity’s facilities coordinator said: “I am privileged to spend my days working in the homes in Solihull, High Wycombe and Surbiton and witnessing the outstanding care provided to our veterans.
“I have worked for the charity for almost three years so I think it’s about time I dusted off my running trainers and did my bit to raise some funds.”
Registered nurse Laura added: “It’s a lovely charity providing care for veterans and partners. Every penny makes a difference for veterans in our care.”
To support Laura, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-manton2
To support Kevin, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-rudge4
To support Alex, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-ferguson14