A serviceman whose close friend was almost killed in an explosion in Afghanistan dedicated a fundraising challenge to his fellow airman.
Darren Norman’s friend of 15 years, Stuart Robinson, suffered serious injuries after an improvised explosive device went off under his armoured vehicle.
Darren, from Heysham, was in the process of a challenge to run 1000 miles over a one-year period.
Once he heard his best mate had been badly injured, he wanted to dedicate the challenge to Robbo (as Stuart is known) and his family.
Over the course of 2013, Darren ran the cross bay run, the Lancaster marathon and half marathon, and races in Dundee and London, culminating in a festive 4km run at Salt Ayre.
To date, Darren has raised over £1,330 for four charities including Help for Heroes, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Breast Cancer Fund and Prostate Cancer UK.
Darren said: “Since I set up this challenge, I had the bad news of hearing one of my close friends was blown up in Afghanistan.
“Luckily he survived the attack but suffered very serious injuries. I decided to dedicate this challenge to Robbo and his family, not forgetting everyone who has suffered and needed help from the charities we are supporting.”
To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/1000MilePledge.