Charity walk in Tuxford in memory of RAF nurse Sergeant Carrianne Franks in aid of TB Alert and Royal Armed Forces Benevolent Fund
A mother is organising a charity walk to mark what would have been her daughter’s 33rd birthday.
Beverley Franks, of Tuxford, is organising the 33km walk on February 10, which is two days after what would have been her daughter Carrianne Franks’ 33rd birthday.
Carrianne, an RAF sergeant, died of TB in 2021, aged 30, and the family want to support TB Alert and the Royal Armed Forces Benevolent Fund in her memory.
People can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/page/bev-franks-1700415871865 and https://www.justgiving.com/page/bev-franks-1700419551481. Funds will be split equally.
“We wanted to raise awareness for TB because that’s what she died of. I just needed something to do, she is gone which left a huge hole in our lives,” said Beverly.
The walk will start at Fledborough Viaduct, Fledborough up to Doddington Hall and back to the starting point before people walk to Tuxford cemetery, where Carriane is buried.
Over 20 people including friends and family are due to take part.
“You can’t express the gratitude for the fact that her former colleagues and friends want to take part,” said the mother.
“They are all saying that the whole day is just going to be about her, remembering her because we all desperately miss her, she shouldn’t have died.”
RAF sergeant Carrianne had worked as a flight nurse for 10 years and was on a three-year deployment at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital when the Covid pandemic hit.
She was treating people on the coronavirus wards and was one of the first to volunteer to work at London's Nightingale Hospital as waves of people tested positive and needed help at the height of the pandemic.
Carrianne was due to start her next deployment where she would have been based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire but she started feeling ill after spending a few days at home.
Medics suspected Carrianne of having various illnesses during her stay in two hospitals over several weeks, including pneumonia and coronavirus, but she was only screened for TB the day before her death.
Carrianne persistently told medics she didn’t have the coronavirus she was being treated for during her stays in hospital and tests for covid always came back negative.
Carrianne was finally diagnosed with TB around 24 hours before she died in 2021.
“She has been gone for quite a while but we haven’t gotten any closure yet, there’s still investigations and we just don’t want people to forget her or that she died because she wasn’t diagnosed,” said Beverley.
“She was young, fit and healthy, she shouldn’t have died of TB. If they had found it soon enough, they could have given her antibiotics and she would have recovered.
“But they didn’t test, it’s one of those things you hear in the press, one of those Victorian diseases that has been eradicated, but it has not been eradicated.”
Tuxford Working Mens Club will provide refreshments at the end of the walk.
Rights, Walkers Transports, The Walks of Life Museum and Tuxford Working Mens Club have donated hi-vis jackets, water bottles and first aid kits.
Beverley added: “We are getting a lot of support from the community which is amazing.
“For the fundraising, I would absolutely love to get £3,300 so that we can reach the number 33 for Carrianne.”