Coasters the toast of commandos

Friday, January 25, 2013

AVID runners put a smile on the faces of charity workers supporting marines and their families when they presented them with a cheque for £534.

A host of members from the Plymouth Coasters running club joined committee member Peter Taylor to give the money to Ash Swinard from the armed forces charity Go Commando.

DONATION: Plymouth Coasters committee member Peter Taylor and club members present a cheque for £534 to Ash Swinard from Go Commando

DONATION: Plymouth Coasters committee member Peter Taylor and club members present a cheque for £534 to Ash Swinard from Go Commando

The club raised the cash at its annual 5km Santa Christmas Run through Central Park.

The run, which took place on December 9, saw 125 people take to the park in santa hats to raise funds.

Nigel Rowe, chairman of Plymouth Coasters, praised the runners' efforts for braving the December chill.

He said: "It was cold but luckily we had a nice dry day and the participants kept warm with lots of layers and of course their red Santa hats.

"Some even wore the whole Santa suit which was quite the spectacle."

The club's nominated charity is currently Go Commando who give assistance to marines and their families by offering services such as increasing social opportunities, improving conditions for families living in military bases and giving general advice.

Speaking about why they chose the charity, Mr Rowe explained: "Plymouth has always had a connection with the military so we are aware of the care needed for the marines and their families.

"We don't often hear about those soldiers who have been injured but sometimes they have to start their lives all over again and need a lot of support."