Leeds runner mugged at knifepoint during 1200 mile challenge for Veterans

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We are very disappointed to learn that Phil Hammond was mugged at knife point last night as he ran through Burton-on-Trent. The attacker made off with £40 in cash.

Phil was thankfully unharmed and spent the night in safety with the family of one of our volunteers who have kindly supported him over the past 24 hours. The incident has been reported to the police.

Phil, who works for the NHS as a Porter Technician within a medical education team, was shaken after the incident but is undeterred in his efforts to raise money to help others and is more determined than ever to complete his amazing self-supported 1200 mile run from Leeds to Land's End, to Carlisle and home to Leeds again.

CEO of The Veterans Charity, Danny Greeno said "We are shocked and saddened to learn that Phil was mugged yesterday evening during his run and we are very thankful that he was unharmed. One of our Trustees, who is highly experienced in personal safety, has given Phil some additional advice and our team have arranged to meet up with him at regular intervals throughout his run as well as operating daily check-ins. Phil is also carrying a tracker so we can monitor his progress. We are very relieved that Phil is OK after this ordeal."

Phil's fundraising page has several links where his progress can be tracked. If you are close to his route, please keep an eye out for him and give him a cheer on his way as it will lift his spirits no end!

Phil's fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/miniphil

Good luck, Phil! We look forward to meeting up with you along the route very soon!