Cwmbran family take zip slide challenge in soldier's memory
ZIP SLIDE CHALLEGE: From left, Lara Homan, Jill Evans, Christie Curran and Sarah Adams with her son Josh Newman
THE family of a Gwent soldier who died in Afghanistan are on their way to raising £20,000 in his memory.
Relatives and friends of Private James Prosser, of Cwmbran, are hoping to reach the milestone mark in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity after taking part in a number of sponsored events including a zip slide challenge yesterday.
Pte Prosser died on September 27, 2009, aged 21, while driving his Warrior vehicle in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand Province.
He was serving with 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh.
In October last year, a group of 20 family and friends completed the Cardiff half marathon, raising £15,000 for the charity.
Pte Prosser’s mum Sarah Adams took part in the zip slide challenge off Newport’s Transporter Bridge yesterday, along with son Josh, 19, and friends of Pte Prosser. Along with money raised through Pte Prosser’s sister Emma, 28, running the London Marathon in April this year with friend Tora Sell, Ms Adams says it is hoped the £20,000 mark can be reached.
On her fundraising page for the zip slide challenge, Ms Adams wrote about Pte Prosser: “He was such a happy, fun and caring son, brother and friend and we miss him every day.
“But in his memory, we will continue to support the work this charity does for our bereaved, serving and injured soldiers and their families.
“Many families would be lost without this charity and I know James would want us to do whatever we can.” Speaking ahead of the zip slide challenge, she said: “I am a little bit nervous as I’m petrified of heights, but it would make James laugh.
“I am really proud of James and everybody who has been involved in the fundraising. They have all been fantastic and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
To sponsor Ms Adams for the zipslide challenge visit www.justgiving.com/sarah-adams9 or to sponsor Miss Prosser and Miss Sell in the London marathon visit www.just giving.com/emma-tora