Monday 29th January 2024
The charity Little Troopers is calling on runners and families alike to lace up their trainers and join the charity’s inaugural fun run in support of military children.
Fun run information
The Little Troopers fun run is being held on Sunday 28th April at Aldershot Military Stadium as part of celebrations to mark the Month of the Military Child. Led by Raceways Events, the day will kick-start with a closed-road 10K race passing the town centre, the Aldershot Military Cemetery, Aldershot Garrison, and the Queens Parade, followed by a 1K kids’ run for children of all ages to enjoy together. Both races are open to the public, with Service personnel, military families, veterans and members of the local community all encouraged to come and take part in this special event to raise money for Little Troopers.
Supporting military children
Little Troopers is the only tri-service charity in the UK dedicated to supporting children who have parents currently serving in the British Armed Forces, both regular and reserve.
There are estimated to be more than 100,000 military children in the UK and these children often face unique challenges such as regular separation from their service parent, due to deployment and military commitments, as well as having to move house and school frequently when their service parent moves jobs. Founded in 2012, Little Troopers works tirelessly to ensure that all military children feel recognised and supported wherever they are living and whenever they need it, particularly during times of challenge and change related to military life.
Every penny raised in Aldershot will support the crucial work the charity does providing resources, initiatives and events for military children, including its Little Troopers at School programme, Little Trooper of the Month award scheme, Little Troopers At Home resources for military families and the charity’s annual Christmas Smiles campaign.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments:
“We’re so excited to be holding our first ever race event to raise money for Little Troopers in Aldershot. We decided to host the event in April, which is the Month of the Military Child, making it the perfect time for us to be raising money in support of all the amazing military children in our British Armed Forces community. Aldershot has a thriving military community, with lots of other military bases and stations nearby, so we expect it to be a busy day!”
Sam Taylor, Events and Marketing Manager for Raceways Events, said:
“We can’t wait to bring this brand-new race to Aldershot, our first foray into events outside of the midlands. Little Troopers is a wonderful charity, and we are incredibly proud to be supporting such a worthy cause by organising this event. The race will be run over an officially measured closed road course, licenced and insured by England Athletics and under UKA rules, perfect for PB chasers, elite athletes, age group warriors, community charity fun runners, and everyone in between. We are looking forward to seeing an army of runners on the start line in April!”
How to enter
Entry into the Aldershot Little Troopers 10K costs £25 per person or is free for those committed to raising £100 or more for the charity. Entry into the children’s 1K fun run is just £5 per family and each child will receive a medal and certificate.