Cadets at Brakenhale complete gruelling challenge

Brakenhale's cadets completed the challenge to raise money for the Hope for Hasti charity.

50 brave volunteers from Brakenhale School's Combined Cadet Force (CCF) completed the gruelling challenge of walking a total of 800 miles in the cold and rain over the weekend of 25th and 26th March and raised £3,715 for Hope for Hasti. The Cadets were inspired by the 700-mile barefoot march from Land’s End to Edinburgh by Major Chris Brannigan, also known as the Barefoot Solider.

To meet the target 800 miles, the cadets had to complete a total of 3,200 laps of the Brakenhale School athletics track and they tracked their progress by collecting one of 3,200 beads each time they completed a lap. On average, each Cadet had to complete 64 laps of the track; an incredible 16 miles per Cadet.

“Six months ago, I put forward the idea of this challenge to my cadets to support Hope for Hasti and without hesitation they all agreed. We, as a CCF unit, have seen the highs and lows that Major Chris Brannigan and his family have been through to try and bring awareness for this extremely rare condition into the mainstream media, so to be able to support Hasti and raise the awareness of CdLS in our area was something both cadets and instructors were enthusiastic to do.”

Captain Andrew Bury, Contingent Commander, Brakenhale School Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Forest School Leader and Duke of Edinburgh Manager

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