TRAGIC LOSS OF NAVAL RATING RYAN KEMP UNITES WITH A CHALLENGE
The Family of teenage Naval Rating Ryan Kemp who was tragically killed last September in a motorcycle accident on the A34 at Winchester, whilst on his way back to his ship HMS EDINBURGH, publically vowed to fundraise this year for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT).This was following the astoundingly high levels of support they received from the Royal Navy after Ryans death. Ryan had commenced his initial training as Operator Mechanic Warfare at HMS Raleigh, and had then specialised in his field of expertise at HMS Collingwood at Portsmouth.
The Kemp's have several fundraising events throughout the course of the year, however their toughest, Physical challenge will be to endeavour a sponsored climb of the highest 3 PEAKS in the country. Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and finishing finally at Mount Snowdon in Wales over a 36 hour period on June 29th 2007. The youngest to attempt this is 11yr old Shannan, one of Ryan's younger sisters(photo supplied), the most mature so far is 59yr old Irene Kemp (grandma-photo supplied)) who completed this challenge 3 yrs ago for another cause.
Approx 40 volunteer walkers have put their names forward and have begun to collect sponsorship. The practice walks have commenced to help get everyone into shape. The first one was 3 weeks ago through the Cotswolds in 5 inches of snow. It was said to have been a challenge in itself, several of the walkers suffered from groin strains but generally ached from head to foot. The second walk was on the 3rd March over 12 miles of rocky terrain at Glossop in the Peak District. The walkers finished an amazing 1hr 45 mins ahead of schedual. A fantastic achievement for these rookie walkers.The next walk is on Saturday 17th March to Blakeney Point. Many of them are friends and collegues of Ryan, the familyThe family aim to raise at least £5,000 for the RNBT.
The family are making a public plea for donations, sponsors and corporate support in funding any of the 5 minibuses, fuel, bottled water, energy bars, and a couple of crates of beer to share for the walkers who complete the challenge successfully. Any donations of raffle prizes and auctionable gifts will be gratefully received also for other events throughout the year.
If you can support in any way, or would like to participate in the challenge, please email email@example.com or log onto Ryan's web page at ryankempfundraising.webeden.co.uk just to keep you updated. The challenge of the family is being followed by Northampton Today News group and The Falkirk Herald in Scotland.