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Brothers' adventure in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund

This September brothers Ben and Tom Colombari from East Yorkshire will be taking part in the Freedom Trail from Discover Adventure. This challenge will see them trekking in the Pyrenees, starting in France and going over the high mountains into Spain. Ben Colombari tells us why he and his brother wanted to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Brothers Ben (left) and Tom ColombariI serve in the RAF as an MT Driver and have been in this role for five years. I am currently based at the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington.

My brother and I decided that we wanted to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund because of the help that they give to serving and former members of the RAF. Also, a few years ago I was involved in raising funds for the charity on behalf of Josh Plunkett who'd been helped by them after an accident that left him with permanent brain damage. So I got to see first-hand how the RAF Benevolent Fund helps members of the RAF family.

We're hoping to raise at least £3,600 for the Fund but we'll be working hard to ensure we raise far more than that. For a start, we're planning to hold a raffle to help us raise some of our sponsorship money. Prizes so far include a spa day for two, a signed Middlesbrough FC pennant, an Italian hamper with wine and a 30-minute flight experience for three people.

One thing Tom and I are really looking forward to about the Freedom Trail is retracing the steps of those who fought and tried to flee from Nazi occupation. If we can lay a token of remembrance at the crash site of a Halifax bomber during the trail, then that would be a great privilege for us.

This event will be the first challenge that Tom and I have done together on this scale. In 2011 I took part in the 67th anniversary of the Long March from Stalag Luft III (location of the Great Escape) in Poland to Spremberg in Germany, retracing the steps of the allied POWs who were forced to march in tough winter conditions into Germany. The walk was 60 miles on concrete roads, it was a great achievement but I needed a bigger challenge.

So the Freedom Trail is set to be even more of a privilege for me as not only will I be completing another historical WWII route, I'll be doing it with Tom and we'll both get to share our achievements together.

By Ben Colombari 

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