Florence native faces Bear Grylls for Syrian refugee children
Tom Bryant, a Florence native living in London, UK, will compete in a Bear Grylls survival experience this month to aid Syrian refugee children. On April 16, as part of Bear’s Survival Academy, Tom will be dropped in the middle of Dartmoor National Park with no food, water or shelter. “The landscape can be harsh and unforgiving and has difficult terrain, which is why Britain’s elite Royal Marine Commandos train there,” Bryant said.“There will be no safety net for two days.
I will have to learn knife survival skills, foraging for food, improvised first aid and I rather not think about what else. “There’s no way I can truly imagine the misery, sadness and fear the Syrian refugee children are experiencing right now in camps all over Europe. The conditions of no running water, piles of rubbish, ankle-deep mud...,” Bryant commented. “While it’s nowhere remotely close to what these children live with on a daily basis, I’m facing one of Bear Grylls’ survival experiences to raise donations.
Tom feels very strongly about supporting charities that focus on issues and themes of children. His past challenges included completing the 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours and abseiling down the side of his central London office building, both done to support the Child Bereavement UK. Donations from the Bear Grylls Survial go directly to the ‘United in Laughter’ project through The Flying Seagull. On April 1, a van left the UK to drive through Europe to Turkey for two months visiting camps all along the way.
This van has a clown and play specialists who, as well as being professional performers, are specifically trained to work with children facing trauma. Their sessions are a mix of shows and workshops to create an oasis of play where the young refugees can relax and share positive times together. Europe has been showing some very ugly faces recently, and it’s time to replace them with broad smiles and red noses. The more donated to fund this trip, the more children can be reached. These children deserve all the laughter possible.
Tom is the son of Tom Bryant Sr. of Florence and the late Mary Bryant. He was born in Florence, but lived most of his young life in Darlington. Darrell Campbell, his half brother, is a loan officer at Palmetto First in Florence. Tom is a graduate of USC, Columbia. He has lived in London for the past 20 years.
He founded his own technology consulting company, TFB, (www,tfbconsulting.co.uk) and has been a Senior Advisor on Digital and Technology Skill in the Cabinet Office, British Government. He has also owned digital leadership development for the Department of Work & Pensions and is guest lecturer for Floream’s Academy of Digital Business Leaders. To assist Tom in raising donations to aid Syrian refugee children, visit www.justgiving.com/Tom-Bryant7.