Thea Davies’ life changed forever on 26th May 2012 when her partner, 29 year old Captain Steve Healey of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, died in action in Afghanistan.
While Thea would be forgiven for immersing herself in grief, she has instead chosen to honour Steve’s memory by undertaking a 415 mile, year-long running challenge to raise funds for his favourite charity – Blind Veterans UK. Thea came up with the figure of 415 miles as Steve was the 415th fallen soldier.
She plans to start the challenge with the London Parks Half Marathon on the 7th October 2012 and end with the Chester Marathon on the 6th October 2013 with the Bermuda marathon among others in between.
Steve was an active fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK because of the support that the charity gave to a number of soldiers who had lost their sight through IED explosions in Afghanistan. Just before his last tour he organised a blindfolded sponsored walk to our Llandudno centre.
Captain Healy was greatly respected. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond paid tribute to him saying: “The tributes of his colleagues speak of a true leader, one that was liked and respected to all those who served with him”.
Steve was immensely proud of what he and his regiment were doing in Afghanistan, he relished the job.