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Ex-soldier completes 22k a day

 Published on: 5th February 2019   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Ex-army soldier, Dean Porter, who featured in the January edition of MyHemelNews has completed his 22k a day for a charity which is close to his heart.

Dean, who ran 22k a day in January in respect of the 22 veterans who commit suicide on average every day due to mental health issues caused by being in the army, also raised £1,237 for Combat Stress.

Combat Stress are the UK’s leading charity for veteran’s mental health.

Dean, who ran around 440 miles in the January month, documented his journey through Facebook to raise even more awareness for the services that Combat Stress provide.

Dean, who come close to committing suicide in 2016, revealed that his life started to spiral out of control when his team became under friendly fire when on tour in Afghanistan.

In his last run, Dean posted a thank you message to all the people that have helped him through his journey.

He said: “So we made it, 31 days, around 440 miles and I have enjoyed every second of it. Well most of it. I am actually feeling a bit sad that it’s coming to an end.”

On his final run, Dean had organised his close friends and family to meet him at a local running track in Hemel to finish off his journey with everyone.

He said: “Hope you lot have got your trainers with you, get a few laps in. I should have just under 3k on the track so it would be good for you lot to get involved.

“What started out as just one man and his mission, has spread to quite a few people following me.

 “The support has been so overwhelming. Phenomenal effort from everyone, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

If you would like to donate to Dean’s JustGiving page, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/22adayforjan 

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