A supporter of a soldier who was killed in battle is about to embark on a gruelling non-stop run from Skegness to help raise money for a memorial fund and Help for Heroes.
Kappie Hayden of Nottingham will embark on his personal challenge from Skegness to a memorial site in Clifton, Nottingham, on Friday, April 26, carrying 70 pounds on his back. He will raise money for Help for Heroes and The Kieron Hill Memorial Fund.
“It’s an immense challenge that I hope to complete non-stop in about 20-22 hours, depending on fatigue,” said Kappie Hayden.
“I have never run three marathons non-stop carrying 40 bags of sugar but I believe it’s a small effort compared to Lance Corporal Kieron Hill who was killed doing what he loved, along with many more brave soldiers,” he added.
Kappie says one of the reasons he chose to do the challenge was due to a terrifying experience and repeated pain during a paint balling day that made him think of what a real bullet may feel like when shot.
“Someone would be giving my family the devastating news that I had been killed, so please just take a moment to realise just how brave you need to be to do what our soldiers do.
“Even when they come back wounded the care and attention they need is non-stop; so I ask you to dig deep and help the wounded, the families and a great charity raise as much money in the fight to give them a better way of life,” Kappie explained.
The day after Kappie’s run, on Saturday (April 27), Jay Betts of Razor Sharp Music Management in Wainfleet, along with Kappie, will hold a family fun day at The Suncastle pub in North Parade, Skegness in a bid to further boost funds.
The event will help raise money for the same two worthy causes and will take place from 9am to 3pm.
Entertainment will include a kids disco, DJ Slinky, face painting, a tombola, cake stall and the play area in the pub (of which Richard, the manager, will donate half of the takings to add to the funds). Beer will be just £2 a pint all day.
L/Cpl Kieron Hill, who was 20-years-old and from Nottingham, was killed in Afghanistan in May 2009 in the line of duty.
Kappie will start his run from the Suncastle at about 10.30/11am on Friday, April 26, and all are welcome to wave him off. To support Kappie and the two causes visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/kappiehayden or pop down to the event.
Alternatively visit the Facebook page by searching the Kieron Hill Memorial Fund.