Tony running for soldiers’ charity

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THE uncle of a Blyth soldier killed in Afghanistan last year is preparing to take on the Great North Run in his memory.

Michael Sweeney, a guardsman in the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, was killed in the Babaji district of central Helmand Province in April last year.

The 19-year-old, originally from Lindsay Avenue in Blyth, was on foot patrol at the time of the explosion.

Now, a group of nine runners, including Michael’s uncle, Tony Middlemiss, will take part in the Great North Run in September in aid of the ABF.

Michael’s mum Kim, from Blyth, said: “My brother Tony and the others are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the ABF – The Soldiers Charity.

“Tony is trying to raise £2,000 in donations and sponsorship, and would really appreciate anyone who can make a donation.

“If everyone just donated £1, we would surely reach our target.

“We could not think of a better way to pay tribute to Michael than to support this great cause.

“We have been actively raising money for the charity and we are asking for help to raise funds and the profile for this cause.

“All money goes towards soldiers and their families in times of need.”

More than £25,000 has already been raised in 19-year-old Michael’s name since he was killed by a Taliban bomb.

“I would like to thank all involved in helping to raise this fantastic amount of money in Michael’s name,” added Kim, pictured.

“We are sure the money raised will be of benefit to the ABF in its fight to help soldiers and their families.”

To support Tony and donate, visit or text the amount followed by SWEE 90 to 70070.