Bridge not too far for team of charity minded cadets

Ozzie Lennon EMN-140303-181934001
Ozzie Lennon EMN-140303-181934001

A stretcher run across the Humber Bridge has helped raise more than £850 for a young people’s charity.

The team of six from Brigg Air Cadets was led by Sergeant Ozzie Lennon.

The 17-year-old has recently been successful in selection for the Junior Leaders course and the 30-mile fundraising trek was part of the course requirements, raising money for the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation.

Ozzie was joined on the run, from cadet HQ to the Humber Bridge and back again, by fellow cadets Sergeant Matty Hoar, Flight Sergeant Lee Chapman, Corporal Alex Zimmerman, Flight Sergeant Callum Franks and Cadet Harry Cook, all taking it in turns to carry the stretcher with William Cook on board.

“Our spirits were high as we jogged into Brigg Farmers market and people were interested in supporting our unusual challenge,” said Ozzie.

And heading on through the town, they stopped at football matches, where again people supported them by dropping donations into their collecting buckets.

“The bridge run itself was the best and everyone kept going despite some of us having blisters,” added Ozzie.

“The final push was hard as our arms were tired from carrying the stretcher, but we were all determined to achieve our goal and complete the challenge.”

And complete it they did, collecting more than £100 on the run.

Now, Ozzie is continuing with his course to become a Junior Leader, just as John Thornton did.

John went on to become a Royal Marines Officer, but was tragically killed in Afghanistan aged 22.

The foundation set up in his memory helps young people access opportunities they would not otherwise have.