Running the London Marathon for a reason

Sergeant Trevor Bygate ran the London Marathon this year for The Royal British Legion in memory of his daughter, Chloe.

After the unexpected death of his 19-year-old daughter in 2014, Sergeant Trevor Bygate has been on a mission to raise as much money as he can for charity in Chloe’s memory. This year’s efforts include the 2016 London Marathon.

“I'm running the marathon in Chloe's memory and to raise awareness for The Royal British Legion who have always been there for me and shown me fantastic support during my darkest days,” said Trevor.

The 41-year-old army soldier, who has served in both Bosnia and Afghanistan, was on a military exercise in the Arizona desert when he was told the devastating news.

“The pain will never go away, but she has given me the determination to focus on the positives and help others who are going through the same thing as me. Chloe was my princess and now she is my angel,” said Trevor.

Trevor before running the marathon

Trevor fits in an interview before running the 2016 London Marathon

“It was invaluable to have that time away on the Poppy Breaks with my wife and children after Chloe died. The Legion sorted everything: the booking, the travel, the food. We really didn’t have to think about anything,” explained Trevor.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Legion relieved some of the stress on Trevor and his wife by helping to fund Chloe’s funeral. The Legion also funded two Poppy Break holidays to Centre Parks and Torquay for the whole family.

To prepare for the big event, Trevor ran almost every day and completed a full 26.2 miles in four hours, just short of his on-the-day goal of under four hours. In the final weeks before the marathon Trevor was training in Salisbury Plain, so he had to fit in his runs around this. He didn't have long between the end of his training and the marathon, finishing on the Saturday and running the London Marathon on the Sunday.

Trevor’s fundraising efforts have included cycling for 24 hours non-stop in his local Sainsbury’s and auctioning off signed rugby shirts. Why not sponsor him by donating to The Royal British Legion via his Virgin Money Giving link below.

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