Barefoot major thanks public for “incredible welcome” after hundreds gather in Catterick Garrison

Major Chris Brannigan and daughter Hasti arrive in Catterick Garrison.

An Army major who stopped off in Catterick Garrison today during an epic 700-mile barefoot walk thanked the “incredible welcome” he received in the town.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer on Major Chris Brannigan, who is walking from Land’s End in Cornwall to Edinburgh, carrying 25kg, in a bid to fund research into his daughter’s rare disease.

Members of the military community, together with local firefighters and police, joined the crowds to welcome the soldier.

Major Brannigan was joined by members of his family as he walked into town, including eight-year-old daughter Hasti who was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) in 2018, which currently has no cure or treatment.

The major said he never expected such as warm welcome, which included a military band, a bagpiper and children waving banners.

The major has launched a charity called CdLS Hope for Hasti.

The aim of the charity is to fund the research and development of a ground breaking gene therapy treatment for children suffering from this terrible disease.

The total cost is £400,000.

So far Chris has raised more than £212,000.

To donate, click here.

To follow his progress, visit his Facebook page here.