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Walk will remember Kieran

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2010 | UPDATED: 21:58 01 August 2010

A LOWESTOFT family will be returning to their former home early next month to take part in a sponsored walk in memory of a beloved lost child.

Simon Waters will be joined by relatives and close friends to walk 45 miles in memory of his late baby son Kieran.

A LOWESTOFT family will be returning to their former home early next month to take part in a sponsored walk in memory of a beloved lost child.

Simon Waters will be joined by relatives and close friends to walk 45 miles in memory of his late baby son Kieran. Alongside him will be his children Sophie, Amy and Joshua, cousin Tammy Brinded, and close friends Conrad Peck, Robert Gibbs, Shaun Preece and Dan Preece, a serving army soldier.

Offering support will also be Simon's wife Sharon, daughter Chloe and friends John Warner and Gary Brinded.

Kieran was only nine weeks old when he died on October 13, 1996 - the day of his christening. The death sent shockwaves throughout the Squadron where Simon worked, and one year later many of them joined with him to complete a sponsored walk for F.S.I.D. (The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) in Kieran's memory.

The walk took them from RAF Coltishall to Lowestoft and over the next couple of years it became an annual event.

In total, around £3,000 was raised from the walks, and Simon and Sharon were able to purchase and donate a Baby Breathing Monitor for the Special Care Baby Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

When they left the RAF in 1999, the couple decided they wanted to do one final walk when their other children, including Kieran's twin brother Joshua, were old enough to take part.

On Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8 - the weekend nearest to what would have been Kieran's 14th birthday - they will again walk from Coltishall to Lowestoft to raise money for the F.S.I.D. and Help for Heroes.

Simon, 39, said: “I can never ever forget all the love, help and support the Royal Air Force gave my family and after we lost Kieran so tragically. So it only seems fair that as the armed forces were there for my family in our time of need, we should be there for the armed forces in their time of need.”

The Sponsored Walk 2010 Team began training in January for the event and have already walked over 2010 miles between them.

“I must sincerely thank my team for the dedication and commitment that they have shown to the training. They have given up a lot of their own spare time,” Simon said.

So far, just over £1,000 has been raised, with £113.70 collected in May when Simon, an ardent Ipswich Town fan, wore a Norwich City shirt for the day.

If you would like to sponsor the team or make a donation, call 01502 567383.

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