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Jacqui Thompson

Jacqui Thompson's husband, Gary, was killed in Afghanistan while serving with the RAF Regiment.

Jacqui Thompson

"My husband Gary Thompson, a reservist with the RAF Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by a landmine. I cannot put into words how much we love and miss him.

"We have five girls. They had a really close relationship with their dad. He was the loveliest rogue, always teasing. His jokes were terrible though! It was his first time in Afghanistan. He would ring us and write to us – his letters are here beside me in the bedside cabinet.

"When he was killed, the RAF Benevolent Fund sent me a really nice letter saying how they could help, and a cheque to make sure we weren’t in difficulty during the turmoil. I knew then that we wouldn't face losing our home and I would be able to support our daughter, Jordan, through university.

"So in 2009, I decided to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It was way out of my comfort zone, but my driving force all the way through was Gary.

"I wanted more people to know that, if the worst happens, the RAF Benevolent Fund are ready to help in any way they can."

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