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Medical personnel from all three armed services stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan are raising money for charity by running, cycling and rowing back to Blighty.

Bastion2Blighty team

The core team is made up of a dozen personnel who are doing the full six month Afghan tour, and there are also teams from several different departments, including teams from A&E, theatre staff, environmental health and RAF in the form of the aeromedical evacuation gang.

Operational requirements obviously mean that all this will be done in the gym, so everyone does their own exercise and then submits a weekly tally of distances.

The medics are fundraising for the three service charities: the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Soldiers' Charity.

Corporal Henderson, a nurse on the RAF aeromedical evacuation team, had this to say:

"The aeromedical evacuation team, MERT and CCAST team are all training hard to help complete the Bastion2Blighty challenge.  The aeromed team started the challenge of each running, cycling or rowing at least 5km a day on the 6 August 2011.  In the first 10days alone we managed to cover 141km.

"Being a keen runner and cyclist I found it easy to bang out the kilometres on the treadmill or at spinning classes, but rowing was a new challenge for me.  I had never rowed before and at first found it really difficult to complete 5k a day. But I see it as a new challenge and am really enjoying it now.

"We hope to continue with this good work and it will be a good personal and team achievement."

The medics hope to finish the challenge by 31 October 2011, so please dig deep and sponsor the team on their VirginGiving page.

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