Andy heading back to islands

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A veteran of the Falklands conflict is heading back to the south Atlantic island to raise money for three charities.

Ashington optometrist Andy McGregor will take on a marathon next month, where he will be raising money for three charities.

The 57-year-old is now appealing for support to help him raise as much as possible.

He has run the Kielder Marathon the last two years, following a number of Great North Runs and two-day mountain orienteering events over the years.

For his fellow veterans who were not so lucky physically or mentally, Andy has decided to return to the Falklands a second time for the Stanley Marathon.

He is raising money for The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, which supports veterans of the Falklands conflict, and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps ex-soldiers and their families regardless of when they served.

Given his profession, Andy is also supporting a third charity, Seeing Is Believing, which seeks to end avoidable blindness and is the nominated charity of the event.

He was a troop commander in the Royal Engineers during the 1982 war.

After the war, the native of Merseyside went to university to train to become an optometrist, inspired by his wife Lucy who was already qualified as such.

The couple moved to Ashington to set up a practice together there, which they run to this day.

He is hoping to raise £1,000 for each cause.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Andy can visit http://www.justgiving.com/teams/andymcgregorstanleymarathon