Holbeach student Paul's marathon effort



A former RAF Regiment serviceman badly injured in a parachuting accident 20 years ago will run the Flora London Marathon 2009 to raise cash for other veterans.


Paul Childe-Freeman (47), who is now studying at the University of Lincoln's Holbeach campus, is aiming to complete the 26-mile run for the Royal British Legion.


Paul Childe-FreemanPaul, who began his career in the Armed Forces in 1980, was injured in a parachuting accident in 1988 while serving with II (Field) Squadron RAF Regiment.


He spent two years at Headley Court – the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which treats seriously injured service personnel.


The war pensioner, who lives in Stamford, now walks with the aid of callipers on both legs.


Paul hopes to raise about £3,000 for the Royal British Legion by completing the Flora London Marathon on 26 April 2009.


He said: “The Royal British Legion has helped out an incredible number of people, including me. It’s a fantastic charity.”


Paul is studying for a Foundation Degree in Food Manufacture at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus.


The qualification will allow him to progress from his current job as quality assurance manager at Rutland Foods to the position of technical manager.


To sponsor Paul in the Flora London Marathon 2009 visit www.bmycharity.com or email Paul at p.childefreeman@btinternet.com.