The relatives of two former residents and a Royal Navy Commando
are running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for The Royal Star
& Garter Homes.
Joanna Arnold, Piers Fox and Rikky Toyer will all be taking
part in their first ever marathons when they take to the streets of the capital
on 28 April.
Piers’ grandfather and Joanna’s grandmother were both cared
for by the Charity during the final years of their lives, while Rikky decided
to run after being told about the work of the Charity. The Royal Star &
Garter Homes cares for ex-Servicemen and women and partners who are living with
disability or dementia.
Piers remembers helping grandfather Norman Knowles volunteer
at the Charity’s old Home. In later years, Norman would become a resident
there, before moving to the Surbiton Home. He died in 2016.
Norman served in the Army during the Second World War, and
saw action in Myanmar (Burma), where he suffered a bullet wound to the leg.
Piers, 42, from Woking, said: “When I was a kid I would go
with my grandad to the Richmond Home where he was a volunteer. I was eight or
nine at the time and I would go up with him and help with the veterans.”
with grandfather Norman
Piers is a Finance Controller for Apple, and the technology
company is match-funding donations given by his work colleagues. He said: “I’m
doing this to say thanks to the Charity for the care and support it gave my
grandad. I believe we need to look after our veterans, and The Royal Star &
Garter Homes does a great job of doing that. I’m hoping to raise as much as I
can and I’m grateful to Apple for the match-funding. The Marathon’s not going
to be easy but thinking of my granddad will help me.”
Joanna’s grandmother Muriel Webster lived at the Surbiton
Home for two years before her death in August 2018. The 35-year-old, from
Horsham, is also running to thank the Charity: “The care and love my Grandma
received from everyone at The Royal Star & Garter Homes was amazing. I was
blown away by it. It was a real home-from-home, not just for Grandma but us
with her Grandma
Father-of-three Rikky, 36, is a Helicopter Engineer with the
Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton.
He is raising money for the
Charity following a chance conversation: “A friend of mine told me about the
Charity, and being in the military myself, I think it’s great. Maybe one day in
the future The Royal Star & Garter Homes will be caring for me or someone I
Green Beret Rikky
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