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Going Dutch for a million

Tomorrow there will be a special Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to mark Remembrance, in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund and our partner charities from the other two services. Sergeant Dutch Holland will be representing the RAF in the show. Dutch tells us more.

Back in July a colleague asked me if I would like to appear on a celebrity forces special of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. It all went quiet until September, when I was told I was in the shortlist of seven, then the final two and eventually I was selected. At the time it didn’t really sink in that I had been chosen from the whole of the RAF. 

Sergeant Dutch HollandIt is only looking back that I realise how many people had this opportunity and were unsuccessful. I hope that I can do well for the RAF and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

I've been very busy researching the show and doing quizzes and reading up facts and figures to give myself every chance. This, along with work, has helped to keep the nerves under control, but during my downtime it comes to the forefront of my mind and I do start to get a bit panicky!

This special edition of the show is such a good way to mark Remembrance. I’m going to be teamed up with my celebrity partner, the comedian John Thompson of Cold Feet fame. Hopefully we’ll be able to raise the profile of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the other forces’ charities through the show.

A friend of mine was injured on operations in Iraq, and was subsequently medically discharged from the RAF. His injuries were such that he needed specially adapted home, so the RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to support him.

This is why it is important for the RAF to have its own charity, and I always do what I can to support the RAF Benevolent Fund in any way I can, now and for the foreseeable future.

I recently took part in Exercise Relentless Ride, which raised £15,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, and no doubt it will not be too long before I find some new adventure to go on and help to raise more money for the charity.

I'm really looking forward to the big day, when I'll be sitting opposite presenter, Chris Tarrant. I really want to make my family and friends proud and pay back the faith that has been put in me for this amazing event.

By Dutch Holland


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