The whole School turned out to wish Edward Porter, Chris Bramley and Paul Goddard good luck, as they set off from Old Swinford Hospital on 19th March on a 500 km charity bike ride to support Hugo, the one-year-old son of Captain Rupert Bowers, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan in 2012.
Students, staff and well-wishers were joined by the Mercian Regimental mascot ram Lance Corporal Derby, Corporal Andrew Skinner and Private Josh Roberts.
Old Foleyans and school friends Captain Edward J Porter Royal Marines and Christopher Bramley PC Metropolitan Police (both 26) were joined by Captain Paul Goddard. 31 year-old Paul served with Rupert in the Mercian Regiment in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. They hope that the money raised will give Hugo financial support now and in later life and also help other bereaved children through the charity Winston’s Wish.
The 500 km ride will take them to The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headly Court, Surrey, back up to Lichfield, Rupert’s Regimental HQ and then return to Stourbridge on 23 March.
Headmaster Peter Jones said “Rupert was an outstanding student and a natural leader. We were saddened 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. To date, we have raised £3,200 for Help for Hugo and £2,000 for Winston’s Wish. Many thanks, on behalf of Hugo, to all our staff, students and parents, for their usual wonderful response.”
To donate, please make cheques made payable to ‘Old Swinford Hospital’ and send to: Help for Hugo, c/o Mr Peter Jones, Old Swinford Hospital, Heath Lane, Stourbridge, DY8 1QX