A Corby man is in training to take part in three gruelling sporting events to raise money in memory of his dad.
Sean Going will take part in the Silverstone Half Marathon this Sunday as well as the Parachute Regiment-organised Paras 10 and the Spartan Race later this year.
Sean’s dad died 25 years ago this year, most likely committing suicide as a result of his experiences serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
His dad, Cpl Richard Going, struggled with harrowing scenes he witnessed while stationed in Northern Ireland and shot himself while serving in the first Iraq War.
Sean was just nine years old at the time. Sean said he wants to raise awareness of combat stress, which was known as shell-shock during the First World War, because he believes if his dad had received more help, he might still be alive today.
He said: “I would like to save other children from the pain I went through, and am still going through to this day. I want to help servicemen and ex-servicemen to be able to access help when suffering from post traumatic stress.”
Sean said he has trained hard to be ready for the events, losing more than three stone in the process and battling leg cramps as well as training in the wind, snow and rain.
For more information about the triple challenge, or to make a donation to Sean, visit www.justgiving.com/s-going.
Sean has set himself a fundraising target of £500 and all the money raised is being donated to Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity.