Route confirmed for soldier walking barefoot to help sick daughter

Major Chris Brannigan with daughter Hasti.

An Army major will pass through Richmondshire today as part of an epic 700-mile barefoot walk from Cornwall to Scotland.

Major Chris Brannigan, of Tidworth, is walking from Land’s End in Cornwall to Edinburgh, carrying 25kg, in a bid to fund research into his daughter’s rare disease.

Eight-year-old daughter Hasti was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) in 2018, which currently has no cure or treatment.

Chris has launched a charity called CdLS Hope for Hasti.

The soldier said the aim of the charity was 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 £152,000.

“We are running out of time to raise the money as mental decline will start at puberty, and that is not far away for Hasti,” he added.

The soldier sets off in Ripon this morning and is due in Catterick Garrison at about 2.15pm.

He will pass through Newton-le-Willows and Scotton before finishing at the Infantry Training Centre at Helles Barracks.


He said: “I know it’s madness and, if I’m honest, I’m terrified of failing.

“It is going to be painful and I already have a knee injury, but I am a dad and I have to fight for my little girl Hasti and all the other forgotten children with rare disease.”

To donate, click here.

To follow his progress, visit his Facebook page here.

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  1. What an inspiration so very greatfull v and Ashley have friends like you who are prepared to do somthing to help nannynet

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