Torchbearer Profile: Simon Buckden

24 June 2012, 00:00

Age: 40

Hometown: Leeds

Carrying the Flame through: Harehills

Carrying the Flame on:  24 June 2012

Si's nomination story

Simon suffers from ptsd as a result of his experiences as a soldier fighting for his country in Bosnia and the Gulf war along with others.

He is ill and suffers mentally and physically every day. He has a strong desire to raise awareness of PTSD and at the same time raising funds for Help for Heroes.

He faces many battles each day just to get up and function, something we all take for granted and still carries on.

Si has many medals for his service to his country and wants people to know that just because he and many others haven't lost a limb, it doesn't mean they are well. he has paid a big price for his service but is a survivor.

This would be a tremendous boost and honour for Simon as he is very patriotic and just a way of saying thank you for all he has done and continues to do.

Just recently he was diagnosed with cancer, but the 39-year-old former Royal Signalman, who pledged to run 100 marathons in 100 weeks, has already finished 44 of them and now he hopes to get to the finishing line.

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