Charity A Band of Brothers has held its Midsummer Night’s Walk from Seaford to Eastbourne in memory of one of their young volunteers who was tragically killed on Saturday (June 18) in Crawley.
The Eastbourne branch of A Band of Brothers organised the Downland walk some months ago, but just a few days before it was set to go ahead one of the men involved with the charity, Sam Caulfield, 20, was found fatally injured in Crawley town centre.
A 24-year-old woman, a 22-year-old woman, and two 20-year-old men - who are all from Crawley - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
They currently remain in police custody.
A Band of Brothers charity offers mentoring to young men who are involved with the criminal justice system and the fundraising walk was due to raise money for the cause. The team from A Band of Brothers went ahead with the walk but organiser Kevin Burns said Sam’s death ‘cast a long shadow over the fundraising event’ and explained the hike across the Downs had been held in the Mayfield man’s memory.
Kevin said, “I think we were all numb when we heard
“Sam joined us earlier this year and he was a lovely young guy with a plan for his future.
“We decided that we had to go ahead with the walk and dedicate it to his memory. This underlines why we do this work and why we need to work even harder to prevent this happening to other vulnerable young men.
“It was a beautiful night and one that none of us will forget.”
Thirty participants, including mentors, graduates of the scheme, and members of the community, took part in the walk.
Setting off at midnight on a still night, torches were not needed as the moon lit the way.
The walk took in some of the most beautiful coastline in Sussex, including Seaford Head, Cuckmere Haven and the famous Seven Sisters. At dawn there was a ritual at Beachy Head in Sam’s honour.
The walk has so far raised over £4,500 and further contributions to the cause are still being welcomed by the charity.
Kevin added, “We would like to thank our main sponsors Gibbs & Dandy Building Supplies and Eastbourne Gardens for their generous support.
“We’d also like to thank Waitrose Eastbourne for kindly donating food and refreshments. We’ll be back again next year to do this even bigger and better.”
Its CEO Nathan Roberts said, “Sam was a much loved and respected part of abandofbrothers Crawley.
“His death has rocked our community to its core.
“Everyone he met was struck by his eloquence, his passion and his caring nature.
“He joined our community a few months ago and immediately became an active and valued member.
“He had already stepped up to volunteer on our residential trainings and was also active in a project to create a garden for a local young lad facing a degenerative illness.
“His passing leaves a big hole in our community and we will honour his memory by continuing to be there for any young man in Crawley who is seeking to be the best possible version of themselves.
“Our thoughts are with Sam’s family and friends..”
Midsummer Night, also known as the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year - the day in which we can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. In 2016, it fell on Monday (June 20).
But 2016 was a special year, because the solstice coincides with the Strawberry Moon, a full moon, which occurs in June. It is a full moon like any other, but marks the beginning of the strawberry season. The two events coincide once every 70 years.
To sponsor the fundraising team visit localgiving.org/fundraising/midsummernightswalk
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