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Students clock up 172km in tribute to RAF personnel killed during Second World War

A team of students from 57 Squadron at RAF Cranwell will pay tribute to personnel killed during the Second World War, at the same time as raising funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Fundraising Fitness Challenge 57 Squadon RAF Cranwell Colin Fowler and Tom O'Dell.jpgColin Fowler and Tom O'Dell

The challenge involves two teams of four students, and one team of staff who will cover a total of 172km, equivalent to the 172 aircraft 57 Squadron lost during the conflict. The teams will each cover 57.3km, by completing a 1.4km swim, 20km bike ride, 25km run, 10.7km row and 200m bear crawl, in about four hours.

Flying Officer Colin Fowler is helping to organise the fundraiser. He said: "Although I'm fairly new to the Air Force I have already seen the fantastic work the RAF Benevolent Fund does. In fact, I’m using the mindfulness app Headspace which we all get free access to.

"The mental health support the Fund provides is really important and I have found the app really useful in giving me 10 minutes to reflect on what is happening around me."

The teams are all members of 57 Squadron, currently undertaking elementary flying training at RAF Cranwell, where the challenge will take place on 5 March.

Lisa Hunt, RAF Benevolent Fund regional fundraiser, said: "It is inspiring to see airmen and women determined to support the RAF's leading welfare charity, as they begin their RAF careers. This year, as the RAF Benevolent Fund celebrates its 100th year of support for the RAF Family, we are pledging to help even more people. And we simply could not do this without the support of Colin and his colleagues."

Last year the RAF Benevolent Fund spent more than £1M supporting serving personnel and RAF veterans living in Lincolnshire.

To support 57 Squadron's challenge, donate through their Just Giving page for either team one, team two or team three

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