Home > Get Involved > Fundraise > Your Fundraising Stories > The Betts Family climb in memory of Glen

The Betts Family climb in memory of Glen

In the Summer of 2014, siblings Kerri and Grant (Team Betts) climbed Helvellyn and Skafell Pike in memory of their brother Glen (T18) who would have been 21 years old.

Kerri tells us more about her reasons for supporting SOFT

Having read previous touching family stories, mine is slightly different. Sadly I never met my beautiful brother since he passed away a couple of years prior to me being born, but the unconditional love and care that surrounded him transcends.

After a very blunt diagnosis of my brother’s condition from doctors that didn’t seem to know much about it, Soft was able to shed some light on an otherwise very bleak outlook. Their complete knowledge took the element of the unknown out of the situation and, although the prognosis wasn’t optimistic, it undeniably minimised the isolation felt by my parents. Soft was a community for my family, knowing that others around you had some sense of what you are going through is reassuring beyond words.

In 2014 Glen would have been twenty one and with his presence having moulded the person I am today, it felt wrong to leave this occasion unmarked. Therefore we decided to do a sponsored climb of England’s two tallest peaks Scafell Pike and Helvellyn (978m and 950m high respectively). This choice was a melange of one of my dad’s greatest passions and a favourite family holiday destination, what better way to commemorate a greatly loved family member’s life. The climb was inevitably testing, but was made easier by our out of tune renditions of 80s classics, much to other walkers’ delights. On reaching the summit, I remember hugging my dad and older brother and feeling immensely proud of what we achieved, looking back at the seemingly impossible route we had taken.

Our family has always been inestimably close, which I know is in part due to Glen’s existence. Although it was tragically cut short no life is without purpose and my brother is an embodiment of absolute love. In essence, this is an ode to both my brother and to Soft. I would like to thank Soft for helping my family enjoy his short life in its entirety, alleviating much of the stress which could have otherwise tainted such a precious time. Although I’ll never meet him, Glen is always in our thoughts and has shaped our family unit, for which I will forever be grateful.      

  • Currently 0 out of 5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 0/5 (0 votes cast) disabled.

Thank you for rating!

You have already rated this page, you can only rate it once!

Your rating has been changed, thanks for rating!

Log in or create a user account to rate this page.