Amputee war veteran takes on D-Day 44 challenge
Former soldier Rob Copsey will be running 44 miles along the Normandy coastline for the relaunched D-Day 44 Challenge on 6 June, to raise money for military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.
The challenge, which consists of a 44-mile run or 22-mile walk, was set up in 2009 by Army surgeon Lt Col Mike McErlain to commemorate the 1944 Allied invasion of occupied France on the anniversary of D-Day. However, in 2013, the event was cancelled when Mike tragically collapsed and died while taking part. Five years on, Mike’s widow, Jo, has restarted the event and three military charities – Blesma, Combat Stress and Blind Veterans – will benefit from the challenge.
Participants in the challenge are also asked to run in support of one of the three charities and, as a member of Blesma, Rob wanted to give back to them. ‘It’s a fitting challenge,’ he says, ‘as Blesma was set up in the aftermath of the First World War, so cared for amputees from both the First and Second World Wars. They were there for me when I was injured, and I’ve benefited from their help and rehabilitation activities, so it’s my way to give back. If another amputee is inspired along the way and it motivates them then that’s an added bonus.’
If you would like to support Rob, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rob-copsey1
For more about the work of Blesma, go to blesma.org
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