Three Suffolk soldiers completed the ultimate endurance test this week, setting three new world records and raising a staggering £2500 for Scotty’s


Trio of soldiers break three world records for Scotty’s

Three Suffolk soldiers completed the ultimate endurance test this week, setting three new world records and raising a staggering £2500 for bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Setting themselves impressive targets Sgt Liam Aschettino, Corporal Will Stance and Lieutenant James Surmon of 51 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, rowed, skied and cycled for an arduous 24 hours. The endurance record – which they called ‘Pegasus Enduro’ after their squadron emblem – took place on the 1st and 2nd October. Liam completed his record on the rowing machine, Will on the Ski Erg and James on the endurance bike.

Left Cpl Will Stacey, middle Sgt Liam Aschettino and right Lt James Surmon

The team had less than one month to train, however, being serving soldiers they were undaunted by the task as fitness is a part of their daily lives. They knew that in order to raise a significant sum of money for Scotty’s they would need to do something extreme that not everyone could do.

Liam said: “Will is always thinking of extreme challenges and when he proposed this idea to myself and James, we thought he was joking!

The boys in training

“It was a gruelling 24 hours and it tested us both mentally and physically, but we’re thrilled to have broken three world records, and smashed our fundraising target of £2,300 to raise a staggering amount of money for this amazing cause.”

Set up in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a national charity which supports children across the UK who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces. Now almost 10 years on the charity currently supports 395 bereaved Forces children across the UK, offering integral support when they need it the most.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was selected as their charity as the trio are currently serving in the Army and as such, feel a personal connection to it.

Commenting on the event, Scotty’s founder Nikki said: “It’s amazing to see what the guys have achieved and in such a short space of time. We are truly thankful for the money that they have raised for us. Every donation takes us one step closer to achieving our goal of reaching every bereaved Armed Forces child in the UK.

“It’s always particularly moving when the charity receives support from the Armed Forces, as it shows us the [Forces] community recognises everything we do for members who have lost a parent.”

The total raised by Liam, Will and James is still rising as cash donations are yet to be counted and donations are still coming into their just giving page. To add your donation click here.  

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