A 16-YEAR-OLD air cadet will raise funds for a hospital that cared for his step grandad by taking part in this year’s Ten Tors.

Kayden Glanvill, a sergeant with the 41F Air Cadets, Taunton, will raise funds for Musgrove Park Hospital’s coronary care unit.

Kayden, originally from Chard but now living in Taunton, has decided to dedicate this year’s expedition to his step-grandad David Orchard, who sadly died last year, and will raise money for the coronary care unit at Musgrove Park hospital in his honour. 

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David Orchard

Kayden's mum, Amy Glanvill, said: “We were quite emotional when he decided to do it. He said he wanted to dedicate the challenge to him.

“I was very proud of him because he came up with the idea.”

Kayden will participate in this year’s challenge from May 6 to May 8 along with teammates from his squadron.

During the challenge, the teams navigate routes of 35, 45, or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors/checkpoints in under two days.

Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Mr Orchard was a keen entrant to Ten Tors himself and liked to help Kayden train for his expeditions including Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh.

In recent years, Mr Orchard has been an avid member of the Chard community including time as deputy mayor and a councillor with Chard town council, being involved with Chard carnival, both within the committee and as part of local carnival clubs.

He also spent a lot of his free time volunteering at the Chard museum.

David spent his last few days at the coronary care unit in Musgrove Park Hospital and this is why Kayden has decided to raise funds for the unit which also cared for his great grandfather, John Lacey, before he passed in 2020.

Anyone wishing to donate can visit https://justgiving.com/fundraising/kayden-glanvill