Tony Hernon is a Middle Aged Man In Lycra (MAMIL) who has raised more than £1,300 for Combat Stress, the UK's leading Veteran's mental health charity. Tony undertook two gruelling middle distance triathlons and raised sponsorship from friends and work colleagues, many of which, like Tony, are ex-armed forces. The amount raised was increased by a contribution from his employer MASS, a Cohort plc company, as part of its Charity Support Scheme.
In total Tony ran 42km, swam 3.8km and cycled 180km by completing the Outlaw Half and the Sundowner triathlons.
Tony commented "The sponsorship that I have been able to raise from my colleagues, friends and family, and the offer of additional sponsorship money from my employer has helped to spur me on at each event. These events were physically demanding and I am not sure that I will be looking for such gruelling challenges in the next year!"
Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS said "Many employees of MASS and across the Cohort plc group are actively involved in raising money for charity, often for causes that have a close connection to our work or local communities. We value these activities and are pleased to contribute to help Tony increase the amount raised for this worthwhile cause."
A spokesperson for Combat Stress said, "On behalf of everyone here at Combat Stress I would like to offer my many thanks to Tony for his incredible efforts fundraising and for this most generous donation supported by Cohort. We are currently supporting over 5,400 Veterans across the UK who have been psychologically wounded during their time in Service, and it is only through the wonderful efforts of our volunteer supporters like Tony that we can continue to provide our unique help to Veterans as they rebuild their lives"
Tony Hernon (left) and Ashley Lane (right) present Carolyn Brown from Combat Stress with a cheque