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"The RAF Benevolent Fund gave me vital support – now I want to give back"

RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Kate James has donned her trainers to tackle her first-ever Great North Run and raise funds for the charity at the same time.

The Fund was able to help Kate set up home on her own with her young children when her marriage broke down.

Kate James and her daughter ElleKate James and her daughter Elle

She explains: "I've chosen to support RAF Benevolent Fund as they offered vital support in helping me and my children resettle following a very sad marriage breakdown.

"Moving from behind the wire to civvy street while eight months pregnant with two young children was by far the biggest challenge I've faced, but with the RAF Benevolent Fund’s support I knew I could do it.

"The Great North Run should be a piece of cake in comparison! I'd like to raise £500 to put back into the pot to help someone else in their time of need."

Kate's three children Elle, Cleo and Logan will be there to cheer her on as she takes on the challenge of the 13-mile course on September 13. But it is a challenge Kate is looking forward to meeting head on.

She said: "I'm not joking when I say this is going to be really tough. As I'm a single parent it's not so easy to get out and train. Well here goes, I've wanted to take part in GNR for ages and I'm finally ready to give it my all!"

Kate's main fundraising is based around 'give a quid' hoping if all the people she knows each give at least £1 each she’ll reach her target and hopefully beyond!

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