Staffordshire Student Honours His Father’s Memory
22-year-old Ben Hanby of Nairn, Scotland was just eight years old when his father Kevin Hanby, a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy died. Throughout March, Ben has honoured his dad’s memory by taking on a series of challenges and raising money for two military charities close to his heart.
An aspiring presenter, Ben is currently completing his final year of Radio Production & Presenting at Staffordshire University and, as part of team of seven, he works for the student radio as Head of Music. March saw Ben undertake a number of fundraising initiatives to raise money for charity. This included cycling 100 miles over the month, a further marathon in two hours on his bike and the Scotty Challenge – a gruelling crossfit workout.
Alongside this fitness activity, the radio station which Ben works for held a raffle to raise money and ran a series of outside broadcasts and bucket collections each week during the month of March.
All of this was to support military charities Scotty’s Little Soldiers and FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks).
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children across the UK who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Ben and his sister Jess, 20 were introduced to Scotty’s Little Soldiers after their mum Elaine got in touch with the charity. The family has benefitted from one of Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ lodges – enjoying a break in Devon. Both Ben and Jess have made friends through the charity and have attended its Christmas parties – events where members get together ahead of Christmas time.
Regarding his fundraising, Ben commented: “March has been a month in which I’ve pushed myself but have also had a great laugh in raising awareness and funds for two fantastic charities. It has been full on with something happening almost every day in between my studies and I’m proud to do this.”
Charity Founder Nikki Scott added: “It’s always extra special when a Scotty’s alumni come back and raises money for the charity. We’re massively proud of Ben at the charity and are thankful for his contribution and effort.”
To help Ben raise money visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/omg-radio-1?utm_term=8Kq9E9VkW