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MARATHON MISSION: Northwood navy officer taking on challenge for Armed Forces charity 

 Published on: 8th August 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Royal Navy Petty Officer who serves in Northwood is taking on a marathon challenge this Autumn to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Naomi Doyle, 50, will be taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on October 3 to raise money for the charity which has helped people close to her.

Working as a logistics and supply staff assistant with the NATO Stores Depot in Northwood, Naomi was inspired to join the Royal Navy Service by her parents. 

Naomi has chosen the SSAFA after they provided support for her long-term friend who was seriously injured in 2015.

She said: “SSAFA helped my friend out in a number of ways after he suffered a serious head injury on board HMS Protector and was repatriated to the neurological unit in Birmingham. 

“As well as providing financial support to him, the charity helped me with accommodation throughout my stay to be near him. I therefore chose to raise money for SSAFA so others in the Armed Forces community can continue to benefit.”

“I really believe in SSAFA and what it does and would like to help ensure it lasts for many years to come.”

The marathon will serve as a conclusion to Naomi’s fundraising goals after carrying out several fundraising events and competing in the London Landmarks Half Marathon on August 1.

Naomi said: “This is my first marathon and what a marathon to start with! I’ll be raising money for SSAFA in a variety of ways. I’ll be ascending both Cader Idris and Mount Snowdon in Wales to encourage donations as well as hopefully taking on other marathons.

“I’ll also be treading the running machine at my HQ and baking up snacks for donations. I’d love to raise at least £5,000 for this amazing charity, therefore any contribution would be gratefully appreciated.”

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