Old Foleyans 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 childrens’ charity Winston’s Wish.”
The 500 km ride will start from Old Swinford Hospital on 19 March. They will then cycle to The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court (Surrey), back up to Lichfield, Rupert’s Regimental HQ and return to School on 23 March.
Headmaster Peter Jones said “Rupert was an outstanding student at Old Swinford Hospital and a natural leader. We were devastated to learn of his death and the whole school community is supporting ‘Help for Hugo’ with raffles, cake sales, charity wrist bands and much more within and beyond the School. Many thanks, on behalf of Hugo, to all our staff, students and parents, for their usual wonderful response.”
How to donate:
Cheques made payable to ‘Old Swinford Hospital’ should be sent to: Help for Hugo, c/o Mr Peter Jones, Headmaster, Old Swinford Hospital.