A Chorley youngster will be feeling on top of the world when a mountain is named after him.
Little Brandon Beech, nine, will be the driving force for a group of soldiers who are set to go on a mountain climbing mission to Greenland.
Once there, they will tackle three peaks where no man has gone before, and will have the honour of unofficially naming them.
One will be named after Euxton C of E pupil Brandon, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
The seven soldiers, from 2nd Batallion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will be donating money raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Brandon’s dad and former professional footballer Chris Beech said: “The soldiers will be going somewhere where nobody has been before, and so they can unofficially name the peaks what they like. Brandon is over the moon that he will have something like this named after him – not many nine-year-olds can say that! It’s fantastic.”
Brandon was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was three, and his routine consists of taking up 50 tablets a day, and special exercises to help him feel better.
But his family, with mum Gillian and sister Jasmine, four, of Euxton, say they want to keep the experience as positive as possible, which is why they have set up a charity called Brandon the Lion, which helps raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and much-needed cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Chris said: “My dad was in touch with one of the soldiers and he told him we were setting up Brandon the Lion.
“The regiment are known as the Lions, so there was a link and they wanted to get involved. A lot of people don’t know what cystic fibrosis is. I didn’t know until Brandon was diagnosed.”
The group of soldiers, who set off tomorrow, will be armed with snow bikes and rifles to ward off the attentions of polar bears.
The whole adventure will take them about three weeks to complete.
Speaking before they set off, Sgt Major Adam Diver, 36, who is leading the group, said: “We have been training so hard in preparation for this challenge.
“We are well prepared mentally and physically, and are really looking forward to the expedition.
“I’m sure it will present some tough challenges.”
Visit www.brandonthelion.co.uk to find out more about work to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.