A St. Mary’s College pupil whose ambition is to become a Royal Marines Officer is raising money for a charity which supports soldiers.

Daniel Frampton aims to devote his life to the armed forces and has already passed his Admiralty Board interview in preparation for his future career. Now the 16-year-old is preparing to take part in the Blackpool Half Marathon event and is hoping to raise funds for the charity Combat Stress. And after spreading the word via social media and bucket collections, Dan has already smashed his original £500 target and now has his sights set on reaching £1,500.

Combat Stress supports soldiers who have returned home with mental illnesses, a cause which is close to Dan’s heart as explains, his own family has a history mental health problems. He said: My family has struggled with mental illness for generations with the majority of them being affected at some point in their life.

Due to the connection with mental illness I admire this charity and I have decided to try and raise money in its name.

My initial goal was to raise £500, but thanks to the generosity of friends, family and the general public, I have already raised £750.

I have contacted the charity itself and they have sent me a fundraising pack. After reading it I noticed that if I could raise £1,532 it would fund a week

with a psychologist. It’s a difficult target but one I’m sure I can achieve. I intend to boost my sponsorship total by campaigning on Facebook, speaking to local businesses, family members and friends, fundraising at school and going into Liverpool city centre with collection buckets.

I have seen mental illness first hand. I have seen how it changes people and how much harder life is with it.

With soldiers coming home and suffering with mental illnesses because of the things they have seen whilst on operations, it is imperative that we give them the help they need

That is very important for me.

To sponsor Dan visit www.justgiving.com/Dan-Frampton


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