Charlene Steele

Charlene Steele

Running the Virgin London Marathon 2021


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi my name is Charlene and I’m running the Virgin London marathon 2021 for the parachute regiment , in memory of my big brother, my best friend, my hero Kirk James Mclaughlin who sadly on the 21st November 2017 took his own life, it’s a day that I will never forget, it was the day Kirk became my angel, my angel that watches over me every second, every minute of every day.[/p][p]Growing up with a big brother to look up to was the best feeling in the world, he was always there to protect me! [/p][p]We laughed, cried, fought but most of all loved each other endless. [/p][p]I was proud and still am proud that I can call him my big brother and cherish each and every memory I had with him.[/p][p]Kirk joined the parachute regiment in 2002, Passing out P Company in 2003 to become one of the elite serving 3 Para, I would say it was one of the best days of his life, Unfortunately Kirk sustained a hip injury during a jump, which led to him being medically discharged, Kirk suffered from PTSD and Bipolar and being medically discharged , without the Army Kirks illness got worse and he became lost!![/p][p]He loved being a para, he loved the challenge, the training, he was a beast, it was a part of him!!![/p][p]Kirk completed 2 tours, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan , he served for queen and country for 12 years, he had friendships and love, when Kirk was on civi street he suffered, he suffered big time, he found it hard to communicate with the outside world, he found it hard to trust and we as a family see his daily struggles not just mentally but also physically, it broke my heart to watch, he couldn’t carry the pain no more, he wanted to be free and wanted to spread his wings.[/p][p]I never thought about running the marathon but when I see first hand the work that ‘Support Our Paras’ do I wrote to them explaining why I would love to run the London Marathon for them. [/p][p]ABOUT THE CHARITY : [/p][p]‘Support Our Paras’ is a charity which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage.[/p][p]They provide welfare assistance to serving soldiers and families to complement or fill the gaps in State provision, as well as supporting vital aspects of the Regiment’s daily life and history. This support includes funding:[/p][p]Mobility equipment and disability conversion of vehicles[/p][p]Support for mental health[/p][p]Courses to assist soldiers transition into civilian life[/p][p]Sporting equipment for wounded and Regimental teams[/p][p]Adventure Training for serving troops[/p][p]Assistance with travel and other costs on compassionate grounds[/p][p]Memorials to those who have served[/p][p]This is the only entry ‘Support Our Paras’ had for 2020, I am truly grateful they have gave me the opportunity to fulfil it so if you can find it in your hearts and help me along the way! And due to covid it was cancelled then deferred to october 2021.[/p][p]Girls and Guys please dig deep and help raise some money for our true hero’s. X [/p][p]I’m gonna do u proud my big brother [/p][p]Love forever and true[/p][p]Your one and only baby sis Char x[/p]
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Oct 12, 2021

Mums raffle donation

U are a legend x


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2021

kelly lane

All the best. X


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2021

Joe HQ

Karl told me you did it. I am well impressed. Well done Charlene!


plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2021

Helena Emily and Zoe

Well done Charlene you smashed it!!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2021


Well done Charlene All your hard work paid off xx


Oct 3, 2021

Nic and Rob xx

You smashed it Char! We love ya!!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2021

Robert Parnell

Well done Charlene massive achievement girl 💙


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2021


You are incredible and a true inspiration! Well done darling! X


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2021

Your amazing xxxx


Oct 3, 2021

Terry lowe

You got this! , best wishes to you all


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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