Two Welsh Cadets have been extremely active in lockdown, undertaking physical challenges for a cause that’s close to home.
Sixteen-year-old Cadets Jack Beynon of 53 Wales and West Signals Squadron, (Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF) and Sam Davies of 104th Regiment Royal Artillery (Gwent and Powys ACF) reveal what they’ve been up to.
“We decided to do physical challenges in order to raise money for Cancer Research after my sister Jade was diagnosed in early 2020,” says Jack. “We began by shaving our heads as a sign of solidarity, as she began to lose her hair due to chemotherapy.
“We’d also planned numerous physical challenges in the Brecon Beacons over the summer, however, this has been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak as we’ve been unable to train in the outdoors as we intended.”
Undaunted by lockdown, the pair created alternative challenges which they could do indoors. Jack explains: “We walked the equivalent of Pen y Fan on the stairs wearing 25lbs bergens, and we are continuing to complete 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups each day for the remainder of the quarantine.
“We decided to do extreme physical challenges as a way of pushing ourselves physically and mentally and building the never-give-up mind-set that so many cancer patients have.”
Sam added, “Jack and I have known each other for a long time and have spent much of it together walking and camping in the Brecon Beacons. The landscape is beautiful and challenging, which is why we have decided to base our remaining fundraising activities there, when lockdown ends. We’re hoping to complete The Fan Dance, a well-known test march for Special Forces Selection, as well as attempting to summit Pen y Fan as many times as possible in a 24 hour period. Cancer doesn’t sleep, so neither will we.
“Our intention had been to complete these challenges this summer, however, we’ve had to postpone them until we are able to stop social distancing and get back outdoors. We know these challenges will be difficult but that’s precisely why we wish to complete them; the struggle of carrying a loaded pack up a mountain doesn’t compare with living with cancer.”
So far Jack and Sam have raised more than £3,000. If you would like to donate please click here.