A charity run to make Luke proud

Help for Heroes charity run through Bury.    Front is Mark Rose.  Back left to right - Jack Southgate, Luke Reilly, Sam Brown, Nick Brown, Andrew Nicol, Ben Petch and Keith Southgate.
Help for Heroes charity run through Bury. Front is Mark Rose. Back left to right - Jack Southgate, Luke Reilly, Sam Brown, Nick Brown, Andrew Nicol, Ben Petch and Keith Southgate.
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THE brother of an airman who died in Afghanistan has gone through the pain barrier to show his support for injured troops.

Jack Southgate, 17, lost his brother Luke after he was killed in action at Kandahar Airfield on February 24, 2010.

To mark the anniversary of Luke’s death, Jack and several friends set off to run 10km a day for 16 days, finishing last Saturday on what would have been Luke’s 23rd birthday. Money raised from the run is being donated to Help for Heroes.

After coming down the final stretch at Abbeygate Street, in Bury St Edmunds, Jack said it had been a tough task.

He said: “There were definitely times where I thought I couldn’t finish it – about halfway through I was really struggling.”

The former County Upper School student said the charity stunt would have been exactly the kind of thing Luke would have enjoyed.

Keith Southgate, Luke and Jack’s father, said: “It’s great that they are keeping Luke’s name going and he would have loved this.”

Jack was joined on the final leg of the run by Mark Rose, Luke Reilly, Sam Brown, Nick Brown, Andrew Nicol and Ben Petch.

Jack said he was hoping to beat the £2,000 he raised last year for Help for Heroes.