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Man runs D-Day marathon for veterans charity

A Jersey man ran the D-Day Landings Marathon in Normandy to raise money for a charity that supports veterans.

Ricardo Sousa, 40, took up running a couple of years ago and wanted to see if he could complete a marathon distance while supporting a local charity. As well as money he wanted to raise awareness about Holidays for Heroes, which funds trips for veterans to visit Jersey. Mr Sousa said the experience was "amazing" and "the atmosphere was fantastic".

Richard Harwood, from Holidays for Heroes Jersey, said: "We’ve not had anyone volunteer to do this before and I think it’s a spectacular marathon to do because of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings." He said it costed "about £1,000 per veteran" to come to the island and the charity brought about 300 veterans to the island every year. Mr Hardwood said the charity was incredibly grateful for Mr Sousa’s efforts.


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