Former students at Old Swinford Hospital, Eddie Porter and Chris Bramley have organised a charity bike ride to support the son of old school friend Captain Rupert Bowers who was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan.
Captain Edward J Porter Royal Marines (Eddie) and Christopher Bramley PC Metropolitan Police (Chris) were devastated to learn of the death of their friend and further saddened to realise the son that he was so proud of would never know his father. They are taking on this challenge so that Rupert’s widow Vicky and son Hugo will have the have the financial support they need now and be comfortable in later life. The other charity they will be raising money for is Winston’s Wish, the leading charity for bereaved children, who will also provide support to Vicky and Hugo and do their best to help with their coming to terms with the tragic events of last year.
Commenting on the ride Eddie said “I myself am currently serving in The Royal Marines and having been shot through the pelvis in Afghanistan a year and a half ago will find this meagre 500 km quite a challenge as I have only just learnt to walk and ride a bike again!
“Rupert was a fantastic friend and role model to us, all the way through school and later life. He was a kind and caring individual, a man to look up to and died a true British hero. It is this lasting memory of him from which we will draw the strength to ride for his son and the fantastic children’s charity Winston’s Wish.”
The 500 km will take place from 19-23 March and start from Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge, where they were all friends. They will then cycle to The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court (Surrey), back up to Lichfield, Rupert’s Regimental HQ and back down to the School, on the final leg of the journey.
Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. By providing professional assistance before, during and after bereavement they help them to better understand the nature of loss and offer the practical support and guidance that many need in order to cope throughout the grieving process.
Help for Hugo, is a charity fund set up to help the son of former OSH student Captain Rupert Bowers who was tragically killed in Afghanistan whilst serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in March 2012.
How to help:
If you wish to sponsor the personal trust fund for Hugo, please send a cheque payable to Old Swinford Hospital to: Help for Hugo, c/o Mr Peter Jones, Headmaster, Old Swinford Hospital, Heath Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1QX.