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Soldiers put best foot forward for charity
Ms Pauline Crockard (Instructional Officer swimming specialist) instructing Private Wes McGlynn a military driver on turning bystanders into life guards. Lt Col Craig Welsby (dentist) and Corporal Claire Lloyd (dental officer) explaining the importance of dental hygiene to visitors at their stand.
Ms Pauline Crockard (Instructional Officer swimming specialist) instructing Private Wes McGlynn a military driver on turning bystanders into life guards. Lt Col Craig Welsby (dentist) and Corporal Claire Lloyd (dental officer) explaining the importance of dental hygiene to visitors at their stand.

A TEAM of soldiers took part in a 24 hour `stepathon' in aid of Action Cancer at the Thiepval Barracks Health Fair recently.

The event was organised by Captain Alison Cripps, the health promotion officer for the Army in Northern Ireland.

Alison said: "The purpose of the Health Fair was to provide health education on a number of relevant topics to promote a healthy lifestyle among military personnel, their families and civilian employees within Thiepval." Action Cancer, the Chest Heart and Stroke Association, Women's Aid and many other agencies provided information on mental health, sexual health, diet and nutrition, injury prevention, drugs and alcohol awareness, dental care, smoking cessation, dermatology and life guarding.

The team of six soldiers taking part in the event managed to keep going for a full 24 hours and raised 280 for Action Cancer.

Alison said: "We were delighted that the Army Physical Training Wing here in Thiepval Barracks decided to do some fund raising as part of Health Awareness day. "The guys worked very hard - they did get a few breaks during their marathon step session when visiting teams helped them out."

Ulster Star
29/06/2007