On VE Day (8 May), over 200 runners honoured our armed forces personnel, past and present by completing a 10k virtual challenge in aid of a veterans’ charity which raised over £5,000.
The virtual run took place on VE Day 2021 on Saturday 8th May to mark the World War II anniversary of Victory in Europe, known as VE Day. All proceeds will support Care for Veterans, a Worthing-based charity which provides care and rehabilitation for disabled veterans.
James Bacharew, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Care for Veterans, said:
‘We are thrilled that so many people from all over the UK challenged themselves to run 10k and commemorate those who risked everything for our freedom. This event was a great way to be part of the VE Day celebrations this year and to make a positive difference to our armed forces personnel. The funds raised will help us continue to provide the highest levels of care for disabled veterans and their immediate families.”
VE Day on 8th May 2021 marks 76 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe and millions took to the streets to celebrate peace. However, not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August, when it was announced that Japan had surrendered, effectively ending World War II.
Current residents in Care for Veterans’ 60-bed facility are aged between 34 and 96 years old. The majority have Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s. As an independent provider, the charity can fill the gaps often found between healthcare and social services.
The funds raised from this event will help towards the £1.9 million needed each year for the charity to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel.
All participants will receive a VE Day medal. The leader board is available on the Care for Veterans’ website – https://www.careforveterans.org.uk/ve-day-10k-leaderboard/