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Afghan hero tells his story

Duncan Slater, a sergeant in the RAF Regiment, lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Duncan wanted to do something to support the RAF Benevolent Fund, so he decided to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats. Duncan tells us more.

My father served in the RAF, as did my grandfather who served in the Second World War. So joining the RAF seemed a natural way to go for me. I've served for thirteen years, but unfortunately I was injured in Afghanistan in 2009, and as a result later lost both legs.

Duncan SlaterI'm now in rehab, and getting used to my prosthetic limbs. I wanted to give something back to the charities that have supported me, and helped so many good men and women of our Armed Forces.

So I decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity, with my friend Nick Wilson. It just seemed the right thing to do as I know a lot of people who have received help from the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The cycle ride was tough especially when it rained, and everyday brought a different challenge. A lot of the hill climbs were difficult as I wasn’t used to cycling in my prosthetics.

But it was all worth it, and it was such a great way to see the country, and the welcome I received in each town and city was truly humbling.

I've discovered a real passion for cycling, and it’s a great way to raise money for a good cause, so the sky is the limit as far as I’m concerned.

I've raised over £12,000 all together, of which nearly £7,000 will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund. It's a great testament to the generous people who have graciously given to charity, especially at a time when we are all watching our pennies.

It was truly an honour to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, but to be honest I just peddled for eleven days.

I think the people that helped so much were the people that sponsored us. I would have done it just to raise a fiver for charity.

Wherever we cycled people would cheer you on and say such nice things. Even people beeping horns and waving made the next five or ten mile a bit easier. For that alone and to help injured comrades I’m glad I was able to do something.

Duncan Slater

You can still sponsor Duncan on his JustGiving page.

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