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On the 18th of March 2018, Alex Tostevin passed away suddenly, aged 28.
Growing up in Guernsey, Alex attended Guernsey Grammar School, where all of the team members taking part in memorial walk got to know Alex well, becoming close friends.
This close group of friends have come together to organise a memorial hike in Alex’s Memory, whilst helping to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity & SBSA.
“Both The Royal Marines Charity and the SBSA have played a huge part in assisting Alex’s family and friends through this difficult and challenging time and therefore we have decided to support these two charities in our fundraising efforts.”
The team will be raising money by participating in a 30-mile hike across Dartmoor, recreating the route used by the Royal Marines recruits on their Commando tests, with Dartmoor being a place Alex spent a significant amount of time during his training and career.
Alex’s friends that will be participating are Jamie Lucas, Ben Le Poidevin, James Chapple, Joe Cowens, Laurence Makins and Giorgio Venosa.
During his time in the military, Alex underwent multiple deployments including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. It was while on active duty in Sangin province in July 2010, that Alex was shot in the head, with the bullet skirting the inside of his helmet and causing him to fall to the floor.
Alex dismissed the wound as a scratch and promptly returned fire, allowing two of his comrades to return to safety. Alex received a Mention in Dispatches for his outstanding bravery and professionalism.
“Alex lived life to the full and considering his bravery and character, his passing away came as a huge shock to all of us. It goes without saying that we all wish we had better understood the challenges faced by Alex so that we could have done more to help.
While we cannot bring Alex back, we now wish to pay tribute to Alex and help others that may be facing the same or similar challenges.”