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Singer's charity marathon
10:00am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Andover
AN Andover singer who has a double platinum album to his name has set himself the challenge of running the Paris Marathon to raise money for charity.
Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, a member of The Band of the Army Air Corps and one third of the chart topping singing trio The Soldiers, wants to raise £5,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
The 43-year-old is Band Sergeant Major and joined the Army at the age of 16.
He has served in Germany, Northern Ireland and spent six months on the front line during the first Gulf War.
As well as supporting The Soldiers’ Charity on a personal level through his marathon running, the charity also continues to benefit from donations from sales of The Soldiers’ albums.
Gary said: “I’m running the Paris Marathon for The Soldiers’ Charity because I am a serving soldier myself and want to help the charity support our soldiers, veterans and their families in the greatest need.
“My training is going well but it will be a real boost for me when I cross the finishing line in Paris if I make my fundraising target as well.”
The Paris Marathon is one of the five biggest in the world along with New York, London, Berlin and Chicago.
Major General Martin Rutledge, chief executive of The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “We really appreciate what Gary has undertaken on our behalf as there are not many performers who would take on a marathon for charity in the middle of a UK tour. We wish him every success in Paris.”
To sponsor Gary, visit justgiving.com/Gary-MChilton- Chilton1.