These military heroes are turning Hospice Heroes to support The Gazette’s campaign.
Fresh from tours of Afghanistan, brothers Gary, Bradley and Curtis Rawcliffe are preparing to take on a mammoth speed march challenge across the Fylde coast in a bid to encourage donations to our massive appeal
The trio, who grew up on Birch Avenue, Cleveleys, are planning to speed march more than 18 miles, wearing full kit and carrying 20kg each, from the Mount in Fleetwood to the windmill in Lytham on January 3, next year.
Gary, a lance corporal in the Royal Engineers, Bradley, a lance corporal in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers and Curtis, a craftsman in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, are hoping to help the Hospice Heroes campaign along by raising thousands.
The Gazette is aiming to raise £200,000 for a massive refurbishment of Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Eldest brother Gary, 24, who returned from a seven-month tour of Afghanistan last month, said: “Once every year I do a charity event so when I heard about Hospice Heroes I thought I’d get my brothers together and we’d go for a big one.
“We’re going to need each others’ help to do it. It will be physically draining so we’ll be spurring each other on, but we’re brothers and we do like to compete too so none of us will want to fall behind at all.”
Gary, 24, Bradley, 21, and Curtis, 18, are planning to train while back at their Army bases, ready for the New Year challenge, aiming to complete it in around six hours.
Gary added: “Trinity Hospice and Brian House are a life changing charity.
“Two of us have been to Afghanistan and seen life changing things so it’s good to be able to come back and help to make a difference. To be able to push our physical boundaries to help other people is great.
“It’s great that the local paper is backing this charity, everyone should back the campaign.
“Our family are big Gazette readers, they back the campaign 100 per cent and they’ll be supporting us too.”
The trio will also be diverting from their coastal route to take their challenge through town centres to rally more support for the campaign.
To support the brothers in their challenge, visit: www.justgiving.com/RawcliffeHospiceHeroes.