Afghanistan veteran with medals and child


10 April 2019

Simon Gass - Marathon Runner

A local Blackheath man aims to raise £3,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity in this year’s London Marathon. 

Former diplomat Sir Simon Gass, 62, will be supporting SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, by running his first ever marathon this April. 

He said: “When I worked as NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, I saw at first-hand the courage and dedication of the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. Those of them who fall on difficult times deserve our support and that is exactly what SSAFA gives them.”

“I’m delighted to be running the London Marathon and raising money for SSAFA at the same time. They’re an amazing, worthwhile charity and I really admire the work that they do.”

Simon, who ran his first ever 10K race on his 50th birthday, has a fundraising target of £3,000 but is hoping to smash that with the generosity of his family and friends, as well as the public. 

“I’ve been really lucky with all of the support so far! It really encourages me to keep going and complete the marathon to the best of my ability.”

Simon will be running the London marathon on Sunday 28thApril. If you would like to help Simon reach his fundraising target, please follow this link:

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Forces, and their families. This includes both regulars and reserves.