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London Marathon stories: Keith

Keith Vertigan is running the London Marathon for #TeamSallyArmy as a member of the Salvation Army and a former Army man!

It was only natural to support their work along the way."

I was brought up in Fakenham and lived there until I left home at the age of 16. I was brought up in the Salvation Army and still worship in a Salvation Army church with my family - so it was only natural to support their work and challenge myself to the London Marathon 2017!

I left home at the age of 16 to join the Army, and retired last year after nearly 25 years’ service.

In December 2014 I was rushed to a German hospital – it was a real scare. I was diagnosed with a kidney infarction. Whilst in hospital, I received a parcel from a charity called Troop Aid.  A small gesture but it made me realise how effective charity work can be and I want to support them where I can.

Having something like this happen out the blue also made me determined to keep my fitness on top form, so I’ve been working myself back to full fitness and challenging myself to remain that way.

I would be very grateful if you feel that you can help me raise the target amount - every spare pound makes such a difference.  Your money will be supporting their welfare work – you could be making a difference to a person experiencing homelessness in your own town. 

You can donate here: Thank you so much in advance.


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