TWENTY NINE troops will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the military charity, Tickets For Troops (

The group, headed up by HQ London District, are already on target to raise £15,000 for the charity which offers free tickets to members of the Armed Forces to attend sports, music, theatre, cultural and entertainment events across the UK.

Many troops who benefit from Tickets For Troops endure long periods of separation from their families due to operational tours and training exercises or living apart from their loved ones.

Captain Jamie Harle of the Light Dragoons based at HQ London District said: “There is a real buzz about the team as we count down the last few days until the marathon on Sunday. From diets to pace it’s pretty much all we’re talking about!

The fund raising is nearly there and Sophie Dawes and Neil Fleck have raised more than double their targets – a big well done to the team, we’re very close to our £15,000 target but every little bit helps.

I need to thank Pooley Sword for their continued support and the team at Tickets For Troops who work tirelessly for our Armed Forces and their families.”

Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations at Tickets For Troops said: “This is the second year that the team at HQ London District have so generously chosen to support Tickets For Troops and we are hugely grateful to their massive efforts and their dedication to training and fundraising.”

The charity has distributed over 980,000 free tickets in the last seven years and is proud to offer tickets to troops which they can share with their loved ones, as a small acknowledgement and reward for the work they do for our country.

Organisations who would like to get involved with the charity and donate free tickets to benefit our servicemen and women can get in contact with Tickets For Troops by emailing or calling 0207 932 0808

Princess Royal attends naval cadets’ passing out parade

The Princess Royal , accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, was the guest of honour at BRNC ’s final passing-out-parade of the year. As the rain eased off, and with the Royal Marines band playing festive tunes, the Princess Royal was invited to inspect the cadets and take the salute during the march past. The parade signified the end of 30 weeks intensive training for the 67 Officer Cadets who can now enjoy Christmas with their families before embarking on the next stage of their Royal Navy careers

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