Afghanistan

Afghanistan Veteran Runs Marathon As Dinosaur To Raise Money For Afghan Families

Ash Alexander-Cooper ran the entire distance dressed as a dinosaur - a choice inspired by a family he helped bring to the UK.

A former paratrooper has completed a virtual marathon dressed in a dinosaur suit to raise money for a charity that supports Afghan families looking to seek refuge in the UK.

Ash Alexander-Cooper was raising money for 'Support Our Afghans'.

He ran the distance dressed as a dinosaur - a choice inspired by an Afghan family he helped bring to safety.

Watch: British veterans helping Afghan soldiers escape Taliban hunt.

In 2010, Mr Alexander-Cooper met the Ghafar family in Afghanistan and when the Taliban took control of the country, they contacted him - desperate to leave.  

"They got in touch to say that they were hugely at risk of being abducted and probably killed," he told Forces News.

"So I, and a number of my friends and colleagues, just worked as hard as we could to try and get them out.

He said "thankfully," they were able to get the Ghafar family out of Afghanistan before the UK's evacuation finished.

"I was incredibly emotional to finally see them here.

"I, at one point, really didn’t think I would see them again."

If you or someone you know needs support at this time, you can find more information by visiting the British Army website and the Government's website.

Further details about support available can be found on our website.