Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health has been announced as the official 2018 charity partner of the Ayr Running Festival…

The partnership aims to encourage supporters to take part in either the 10k or 5k race on 29 August 2018 to raise vital funds for the charity. Both routes, which start at the Citadel Leisure Centre, pass beautiful scenery and are suitable for all abilities.

Robert Marsh, Director Income Generation at Combat Stress said: “We’re pleased to announce our partnership with the Ayr running festival for 2018. Each year we receive 2,000 referrals from former servicemen and women with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s vital that we raise awareness and funds for the charity so we can continue to support every veteran that comes to us for help, the Ayr running festival is a great way for us to do this. With our treatment centre, Hollybush House, being in Ayr, this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of Combat Stress.”

John Lloyd, Race Director and Founder of Cannonball Events said: “It’s Cannonball Events’ intention to help Combat Stress raise funds and awareness so they can continue to be there for every veteran who contacts the charity for help.

“There are lots of ways you can get involved and help the charity. Whether you’re running and raising money for Combat Stress, sponsoring someone to run, or making a donation at the event – every penny will go a long way to ensuring the charity can continue to provide life-changing treatment.”

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