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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Jade and Peter Harrison grew up in the married quarters at RAF Brize Norton, where their dad is stationed with the RAF. This year they are setting out on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Jade tells us more.

I'm climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund with my brother Peter in August. We’ve set ourselves a huge challenge and can’t wait to get stuck in!

Our dad is in the RAF and Peter and I grew up in the close community of the married quarters at RAF Brize Norton.

It was hugely comforting to both my parents to know that everyone is in the same boat and understands what you’re going through, and will rally together in a crisis.

There is nothing that can make it easy to say goodbye to your dad over and over, not knowing for sure when you will next see them.

It is a huge task for the remaining parent to pick up the pieces of this. Mums have to take on the role of mum and dad, much like a single parent.

It isn’t easy being left behind. You never ever get used to having a loved one away, especially in a potentially hostile area. Communications while they’re away are always hit and miss, making this even harder.

But the anxiety is mixed with a sense of pride. I know that my dad wakes up in the morning and does a job that makes a difference. It puts things in perspective and makes you realise what is really important in life.

Our servicemen and women do an important job to support our country and it is up to us as their families to support them. I am so proud of my dad.

We are supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund because it is unique in its unfaltering recognition of the fact that service life takes its toll not just on the serving men and women, but on the families, partners and children.

It’s comforting to know that the RAF Benevolent Fund is ready to help when things go wrong. It’s important to us that we do our bit to help those people who spend their lives, and sadly sometimes sacrifice their lives, serving their country.

Please sponsor us and help us raise as much money as possible for the RAF Benevolent Fund!

Thanks everyone!

By Jade Harrison

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