A soldier from Rugeley, along with his dog, will be taking part in the Cathedral to Castle ten mile run in Lichfield on Sunday 8th April after his wife was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago.

Private Marcus ‘Frosty’ Freeman, 45, will be accompanied by his Staffordshire bull terrier, Fred, every step of the way. His wife, Dawn, is currently in remission from cancer and will be cheering Frosty on while rattling a tin for Macmillan Cancer Support. Private Freeman will be running the race for the cancer charity and has so far raised £445.

As well as his wife and daughter, Charlotte, a famous Army mascot will be supporting the soldier on the day – Watchman V, a Staffordshire bull terrier who is the mascot of the Staffordshire Regimental Association and holder of the rank of Colour Sergeant.

Private Freeman serves with the Military Provost Guards Service at Defence Medical Services, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield.

He said: “My left knee is wasted so this event will be no walk in the park.  But this is nothing to what my wife has been through. Although Dawn has hopefully won her battle against cancer, she is still fighting.  I am determined to finish this run and raise as much money as I can for Macmillan which is an amazing charity. It’s also a chance to thank all the doctors, nurses, friends and family for the support given to Dawn and me during our darkest hours.”

You can donate to Frosty’s Cathedral to Castle run page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/frosty-freeman