If you watched the Remembrance Special Who Wants To Be A Millionaire last night you'll know Sergeant Dutch Holland won a fantastic £50,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In this blog post Dutch tells us what it was like to be in the hot seat.
It was really surreal to be in the studio. Despite all the rehearsals nothing prepares you for the atmosphere with an audience and all those eyes looking at you. I was extremely nervous, but as I spent longer in the seat the easier it became. Chris Tarrant was excellent as a host and helped me relax, and having a military audience was brilliant as everyone was on a real high.
It was great having John Thomson as a celebrity partner – he is an absolute gentleman. We have similar interests, and we were well able to handle the questions, apart from that one question about feet which did see us using up two of our lifelines.
If it hadn't been for the dreaded claxon sounding the end of the show we were confident we could have gone further!
It felt absolutely brilliant to raise £50,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. I recently took part in Exercise Relentless Ride – a team of us from RAF High Wycombe cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
We had originally hoped to raise £50,000 through this challenge, but eventually settled for a more achievable target of £15,000.
So it feels really amazing to have raised a grand total of £65,000 - £15,000 from Relentless Ride and £50,000 from Millionaire.
It fills me with great pride to have been selected to represent the RAF Benevolent Fund and the RAF family. I am now going to have a few months to reflect on an amazing 2011 before sinking my teeth into another fundraising project.
By Dutch Holland