WEARSIDE soldier Peter Eadon is to battle blisters and bunions to help former service personnel find work on civvy street.
The 25-year-old lieutenant, from Washington, will join five comrades in the Great North Run this Sunday to raise funds for Finchale College, which runs a range of courses for ex-members of the Armed Forces.
The charity, near Durham City, has been supporting veterans since 1943 and provides vocational training and rehabilitation.
The team, from Egypt Squadron, 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, has spent weeks preparing for the half marathon.
Lt Eadon said: “I think it is really important we show our support for our comrades who are experiencing tough times.
“Finchale may only be a small college based in County Durham, but it provides invaluable support and opportunity for veterans from across the UK.
“I am delighted to be able to support it.”
Lt Eadon added: “Finchale takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s life – from the skills they have, physical disability and their mental or emotional health – to ensure every individual has the chance to succeed.
“Regardless of where they have served and their length of service, I think each individual deserves the chance to live an independent life. Finchale aims to provide just that.”
The team intends to complete the 13-mile run within two hours wearing 20kg training kits.
“We are a fit lot and train regularly, but I must admit that this is going to be tough,” said Lt Eadon.
“We are determined to complete the event in our best time, but by taking on the extra challenge we hope it will encourage more people to sponsor us.
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