A team at RAF Lossiemouth will be raising money for us this September by doing a 3000-mile motorcycle ride which will see them visiting various RAF stations across the UK. In this guest blog, team member and Senior Aircraftsman Jack Yardley tells us more.
Our team is called 'The RAF Way Round' and includes myself, Flight Sergeant Mark Ratcliffe, Corporal David Thorne and former RAF Chief Technician Andy Reed.
As keen motorcyclists we decided that we wanted to combine our passion of motorcycling with doing some fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund. The name of our challenge is a play on words taken from Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's 'Long Way Round' motorcycle adventure.
We will be setting off on our journey across the UK on 1 September. We're looking for other motorcyclists to join us (for a small donation) for a small portion of each leg of the journey. We also hope to make it 'unofficially' the largest military ride out ever in the UK!
Our preparations for our challenge are already underway. There have been routes, mileages, timings and fuel stops to work out to ensure we will make each overnight stop on time. Plus we've been sorting out publicity for the challenge which has included producing posters that we can put up at local fetes and events.
Our fundraising target is £10,000 and since February we've managed to raise over £1,000.
I'm really looking forward to our challenge even though I know it will be tiring but there's nothing better than being out on a bike alongside your mates, enjoying a new adventure.
By Jack Yardley