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Akrotiri to Brize Norton

Mick Kiff is an army corporal currently serving in a tri-service unit. Mick has come up with a great idea to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and our partner charities – ABF The Soldiers Charity and the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust. Mick tells us more in this blog.

The challenge will cover the journey from RAF Akotiri to RAF  Brize Norton

I'm a lance corporal in the Royal Signals and I’ve served for 13 years. My dad served in the army so I was brought up around the military, and joining up seemed the obvious thing to do.

I'm organising a charity event to support all three service charities. I currently serve at a tri-service unit and I want everyone to get involved.

I think the three service benevolent funds are great charities and I feel it's important they get the recognition they deserve.

Their role in supporting the service community is very important. They are unique in the support they offer as they also provide support to ex-servicemen as well as those still serving.

At first I came up with the charity auction idea.  Then I thought to myself if I really want people to donate I would have to think big and add a challenging physical leg to the event.  So I came up with the idea of a challenge that covers the journey from RAF Akotiri to RAF  Brize Norton as it's a journey I regularly make by land and air.

I then came up with the idea of covering the distance in a triathlon style challenge – we’re going to run, swim, row and cycle all the way!

The triathlon was perfect, as I wanted the opportunity for everyone to get involved even those who are currently restricted to low impact work due to injury.

I suffered a serious knee injury last year and have had two operations to put this right, so it's a really personal challenge.

We'll then be holding a charity auction and a raffle of other donated items at the end of the physical challenge. The auction is going to be selling donated items of a sporting nature and we already have some great items including F1 helmets from Team Renault which were taken to the Brazilian GP and signed by the drivers.

In the meantime I've got to crack on with training – but you can sponsor me and the team on our Virgin Giving page. You’ll be supporting three great charities. Thank you!

By Mick Kiff

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