Kirrie lass to run Loch Ness Marathon

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Nineteen-year-old Shauney Watson, who lives just outside Kirriemuir, is preparing for her first marathon in aid of the Combat Stress charity.

And fund-raising efforts for hypnotherapist Shauney’s marathon hit the £500 mark on Friday, making the weeks of hard training worth the effort.

The Loch Ness Marathon takes place on September 27, and will be Shauney’s first ever race at that distance.

She said: “ It seemed the obvious choice to do it for the Veterans’ mental health charity, Combat Stress.”

During her training in hypnotherapy, Shauney became interested in trauma-related illnesses such as PTSD, leading her to find out more about Combat Stress – a charity dedicating itself to helping save and improve the lives of thousands of servicemen and women affected by combat.

She continued: “Right now we’re supporting over 5900 veterans to fight for a future free from psychological injury.”

A cake stall in the centre of Dundee on Armed Forces Day at the end of June kick-started fundraising efforts, raising an impressive £250.

Shauney said: “We were blown away by the support from people on Armed Forces Day - those donating the cakes and those buying them!

“Sponsorship since has been coming in via my Virgin Money Giving page where people have also been leaving messages of support.”

Donations can be made simply and easily by searching ‘Shauney Watson’ on the Virgin Money Giving website.

You can also keep up to date with how Shauney’s training is going at www.shauneywatson.blogspot.com

Combat Stress

The Combat Stress website provides valuable information about its work.

“We are the leading Veterans’ mental health charity in the UK provided treatment for ex-Service personnel suffering with mental ill-health including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

“It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, where you served, or whether you saw combat - we may be able to help. If you are the loved one or carer of an ex-Service man or woman, there’s support for you too.

“Our 24-Hour Helpline is there for you when you need to speak about mental health. If you are a Veteran, a serving member of the Armed Forces, reservist or a family member then please call on 0800 138 1619.

“You can also text 07537 404 719 (standard charges apply for texts) or email combat.stress@rethink.org.”