Nick Cole is set to tackle his third Ironman Triathlon challenge, this time virtually, to raise funds for  Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Staff Sergeant tackles Ironman challenge for Scotty’s

Nick, who has served in the Armed Forces for 22 years, should have been taking part in the Triathlon event next month in Switzerland, but due to the current situation the event has postponed to July 2021, and Nick has decided to complete the Virtual Ironman on 17th June.

Nick will be completing the entire challenge, which consists of a 10K run, 180.2K bike ride, followed by another 42.2K run, close to his home in Bath, taking in local surroundings and complying to Government guidelines.

Commenting on his fundraising activity, Nick said: “The challenge was changed to a virtual one by the Ironman officials at the start of lockdown. I have done a couple in the past, my last one was Ironman Austria and work got in the way of training, so I got through it but without any training and with a terrible injury! I still managed to complete it in under 13 hours. I do generally cycle and run and keep myself ticking over in terms of fitness, so I thought I would still do the virtual challenge this year so those who have already kindly sponsored me to complete it this year get their moneys’ worth from their donations.”

Throughout his career in the Royal Corps of Signals, Nick has served in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. He is due to retire from the army later this year and plans to commence a full-time degree in Business Management and Enterprise at University of Swansea upon leaving.

He added: “If I’ve recovered, on the 24th June I plan to run 100K to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Corps of Signals and the 100th anniversary of University of Swansea, and to continue raising money for Scotty’s and awareness of the charity! Everybody has been so generous; I’ve already beaten my fundraising target of £1,000.”

This will be his first-time raising money for Scotty’s and having a young daughter, Nick appreciates the integral support the charity offers. He said: “This is my first-time raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers. I am coming out of the army in October after 22-years, and my daughter, Lili who is 13, is my world. I thought that, god forbid, if anything happened to me, it is Scotty’s who would be supporting her. I didn’t know Lee, but some of my friends did, and I think what Nikki has done to help Forces families is amazing. The charity and the work it does has really touched me.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children. The charity does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and Scotty’s helps put smiles back on those brave faces by organising events, providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death.

Usually, at this time of year, Scotty’s would be arranging respite breaks for the families, but sadly this isn’t possible at present. In recent weeks, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology and arranging exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members as well as offering an increased level of emotional support to a great number of families who are struggling to cope with added pressures.

Nikki commented: “We wish Nick the best of luck in his challenge! We are so lucky to have fundraisers like Nick who understand the value of the work we do, and who support us, especially in this crucial time. We need donations now more than ever to be able to deliver our vital services, so I really appreciate the effort that Nick is going to for us.”

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