Lance Corporal Richard Jones, a musician from The Band of The Household Cavalry has won Britain's Got Talent
Happy birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.
"They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the Morning"
We will remember them
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Good luck to Lt Col Al Jarvis running the London marathon today, with a broken back, hip and heels, in body armour.
In 2008 whilst on Operations in Afghanistan Al ran the London Marathon around his base in body armour, it took him 6 hours and he raised £6000 for the Army Benevolent Fund.
On returning from operations he was injured in a parachuting accident breaking his back, left hip and right ankle. He had 2 spinal disks removed and now has 10 screws and metal work fixing his lower back. While in hospital he was told by the consultant he would never run again.
Despite being permanently injured Al retuned back to Afghanistan in 2011 on another Operational tour. He decided to run the marathon again, in body armour, around his base, raising £3800 for Combat Stress.
This year Al is running the London Marathon for real and once again he hopes to raise money and awareness for Combat Stress. His wife, family, friends, age and more recent injuries tell him not to do it in body armour again – let’s wait and see!