Running home for Christmas: Darren completes 300 mile run to Harlow

News / Sun 21st Dec 2014 at 08:35pm

Darren Farrugia

SOLDIER, Darren Farrugia has completed his 300-mile run from Germany to Harlow.

Darren, whose younger brother Callum and mum Jan live in the Sumners area of Harlow, began the gruelling 300-mile challenge on Thursday, starting from Paderborn, Germany, where he is based with the British Armed Forces.

Darren is raising money for Winston’s Wish, a charity providing help to bereaved children and their families with a range of support services.

Earlier this year Darren’s family suffered the unexpected loss of his mum’s husband, George.

“Many people have been affected by his death and their lives have been changed forever, none more so than Callum,” said Darren. “His dad died four weeks before his 14th birthday and at such an important time in his life.

“I want to help raise awareness of children who are suffering a bereavement and to raise as much money as I can for Winston’s Wish who support children in such cases.”

Darren’s wife, Kirsty, added: “It’s hard to know what to say in these situations, what words to use. Say nothing and it’s like you haven’t acknowledged the loss, but say too much and it’s overwhelming.

“Winston’s Wish can help support the families, find ways to discuss and acccept what’s happening.

“There are so many emotions to deal with – grief, loneliness, guilt, relief, a constant ache in your hear. It must feel like they themselves run a marathon a day just in their minds. It’s heart breaking to watch.”

She added: “We love our family very much. We are so proud of Jan and Callum, their courage and strength has been awe inspiring.

“Jan is an amazing mum to Callum. Because we are posted in Germany it’s been hard being so far away and feeling helpless, wanting nothing more than to take their pain away.

“That is why Darren ran home. No matter the distance he would move mountains to be there for them.”

From Thursday until tomorrow (Friday), Darren ran a marathon a day around his area which totals 236.4 miles – the equivalent distance from the start in Germany to the Hook of Holland.

YH was there for the moment, Darren ran into Harlow on the Gilden Way border.

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