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Father and daughter cross finish line together at Edinburgh 5k

Tackling the tricky terrain of Arthur's Seat, Richard and Mhairi MacDonald completed the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5k on Saturday, proudly supporting the Fund!

Richard and Mhairi MacDonald ready to take on the 5k

Flight Lieutenant Richard MacDonald, 52, has been a part time RAF reservist for 11 years and is now stationed at RAF Leuchars with 612 Squadron. As a Medical Support Officer, he was inspired to fundraise for the charity when the Fund held a talk at his station, explaining the range of services and support that we offer.

Following the talk, 612 Squadron made the Fund their 'Charity of the Year' and Richard decided to take on his own challenge to support us, with his 12-year old-daughter, Mhairi keen to join in too!

Richard explains: "The Squadron received a talk from a Fund representative and beneficiary. Hearing their story was inspiring, it really had an impact on me. The former Flight Lieutenant had broken her back during a training exercise and the Fund supported her by buying her a house as her property was no longer suitable. I was really impressed to hear how they stepped in. When I went home and told Mhairi she was really eager to join me in supporting the charity."

On Saturday the pair donned their trainers and their RAF Benevolent Fund vests and took to the Scottish streets to complete the 5k challenge.

Richard said: "The first two kilometers were uphill and really gruelling, but we stayed together and the atmosphere kept us going! Mhairi really enjoyed it and she loved the goodie bag and medal at the end!

"We were like the hare and the tortoise, one minute I was the fast one, then the next we would switch and she would overtake me but we crossed the finish line together!"

Richard and Mhairi have pledged to raise £200 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. If you would like to support them, you can sponsor them by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mhairi-Mac.

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