Sub-post­mas­ter de­liv­ers cash boost to good cause

Raised £3,000 at Paris Marathon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A vil­lage sub-post­mas­ter has raised thou­sands of pounds for a sui­cide pre­ven­tion and aware­ness char­ity af­ter run­ning in the Paris Marathon in April.

Jon Bren­ton was tak­ing part in his first marathon and fin­ished at the Arc de Tri­om­phe in three hours and 41 min­utes.

He was run­ning for Campaign Against Liv­ing Mis­er­ably (CALM) which works to pre­vent male sui­cide, which is the big­gest killer in men aged 20 to 45 in the UK.

Now he is look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on an­other run­ning chal­lenge, this time in the world’s most north­ern­most marathon in the Nor­we­gian Arc­tic Cir­cle on Satur­day.

Jon runs the Char­ing post of­fice with his part­ner Nick Sut­ton. He re­cently re­opened the High Street shop af­ter a row with the com­pany over safety.

He said: “It’s been re­ally over­whelm­ing how much peo­ple have do­nated so far. My part­ner and I have en­dured a stress­ful few years af­ter an armed rob­bery at our busi­ness.

“For some men, stress can be a killer which is why CALM is a char­ity so close to my heart.”

He thanked the gen­eros­ity of vil­lagers and cus­tomers who have sup­ported his campaign against the Post Of­fice and gave gen­er­ously, with a to­tal now in ex­cess of £3,000.

Speak­ing about this week­end’s chal­lenge, he added: “I’m hop­ing to beat my pre­vi­ous time and to raise even more money for the char­ity. It would be in­cred­i­ble to reach the £5,000 mark.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the char­ity visit www. the­calm­ To find out more about Jon’s run­ning visit www.justgiv­­ton or pop in to the Char­ing post of­fice in the vil­lage high street.

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