Soldier Brandon set for challenge to aid hospice
A SOLDIER from Emersons Green will walk 88 miles in three days carrying a 40lb pack in memory of his brother.
Brandon visited Charlton Farm near Bristol with friends and family
Brandon Foster is undertaking the loaded march, known as a tab, in August to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
On April 9 1997, Brandon’s brother Thomas died at the charity’s Little Bridge House in Devon - the only children’s hospice available to families in the South West at the time.
Brandon said: “Thomas had Tay-Sachs disease, which is a rare inherited condition that mainly affects babies and young children. It stops the nerves working properly and is usually fatal with still no known cure. My family and Thomas spent majority of his life in and out of hospital and received a huge amount of support from Little Bridge House, where Thomas’s life was made as easy as possible.”
CHSW has since built two additional hospices to care for families whose children have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions in the South West; Charlton Farm near Bristol and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
On August 12, Brandon will set off from Charlton Farm to Little Bridge House carrying his loaded Bergen (military rucksack) on his Tab for Thomas.
He said: “Nothing can compare to the support we received from Children's Hospice South West and Little Bridge House therefore I would like to give something back.”
Brandon has meticulously planned the route and will have a small support team alongside him.
Frances Kenneally, community fundraiser at CHSW said “I am delighted to be supporting Brandon with his fundraising for this challenge. It was great to meet him along with his family and support team at Charlton Farm and to hear how successful his fundraising has been so early on. I wish Brandon every success with this challenge”
You can follow Brandon’s journey - from planning to training to the big day - on social media or at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tabforthomas