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RAF Cranwell team in charity fundraiser to mark Battle of Britain anniversary

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER: A team from RAF Cranwell completed a 1134-mile journey earlier this month to raise money for the RAFA association. Pictured on the cycle machine on the right is Senior Royal Air Force Association Liaison Officer for RAFA Cranwell, Flight Lieutenant Simon Kirk.

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A TEAM of station personnel from RAF Cranwell have taken part in a charity fundraiser, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Flight Lieutenant Simon Kirk led the effort which was organised to coincide with Battle of Britain week from September 10 to 14.

The team chose to honour the occasion by matching the epic Bomber Command bombing run by Guy Gibson from RAF Scampton to the Mohne and Eder Dams – a return distance of 904 miles.

The charity effort raised funds for the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Wings Appeal.

Flt Lt Kirk, who is the Senior Royal Air Force Association Liaison Officer for RAFA Cranwell, said: "As with any charitable challenge, the primary concern was to raise as much money as possible, but this challenge was also to raise awareness of RAFA – who we are and what we do and we hope we achieved this."

During their own Operation Chastise, Simon was helped by volunteers from RAFA who ran, rowed and cycled to cover 904-mile distance in a total of five days in the RAF College Cranwell gymnasium.

Simon even 'borrowed' his son's toy Lancaster to use as a map marker to show all who visited the challenge where he currently was along the flight path.

In total, 40 station personnel took part and they accomplished the 904 miles by midday on the Thursday carrying on to reach a final total of 1134 miles by Friday.

So far, more than £500 has been raised with further donations still coming in.

RAFA is a welfare organisation that provides support to serving and retired RAF personnel and their dependants and is purely funded by donations.

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