Friary duo Kelly Harrison and Sam Noden will be leaving their instruments - tenor horn and euphonium - at home next Sunday and donning their running shoes for the London Marathon. Both Kelly and Sam have good reason to raise funds for SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. Coming from a military family, with frequent moves and upheavals, Kelly and her children have been supported by SSAFA in the past, and Sam is an RAF musician. “I went into the military because few jobs cover both my passions: fitness and music, explained Sam”. But I know veterans who have struggled on leaving service and SSAFA has helped them. And SSAFA helped Kelly when she needed support. I’m really pleased to raise funds for them,” he added.
Kelly, Head of Music at Belfairs Academy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex commented: “I have been a runner for awhile, but this is my first marathon. Sam and I are really enjoying training together and we go out to lovely places for long runs. It is great fun, and we support and motivate each other too.”
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is a trusted source of practical, emotional, and financial support for serving personnel, veterans and their families in their time of need. In 2021 the trained teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 66,000 people, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts, or currently serving (both regulars and reserves), and their families. You can support Sam and Kelly, and of course SSAFA, by making a pledge on their London Marathon fundraising page We wish them the very best of luck and are keeping our fingers crossed for suitable weather.