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Going the extra mile for charity

When Sgt Andy Perry decided he was going to run a marathon there was no doubt in his mind who he would fundraise for – the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Each year thousands of runners who commit to the weeks and weeks of training it takes to run 26.2 miles also commit to supporting a charity. The RAF Benevolent Fund’s work supporting the RAF Family inspired Andy to don his trainers and rattle the fundraising tin at the same time.

Sgt Andy Perry with his London Marathon medal

He said: "You hope that you will never have to call on them but knowing that the Benevolent Fund are there is a pretty good comfort, knowing their help is a phone call away.

"I wanted to run the London Marathon because it is a really good occasion, from start to finish. The support was brilliant, not just from the charities, from the public as well.

"The RAF Benevolent Fund team were stood at the RAF Memorial on Embankment, which is a perfect spot to spur us on for the last few miles."

Regional fundraiser Cerys Sadler was also on hand to offer fundraising advice and tips as Andy embarked on his marathon training. This year, runners who support the Fund at the London Marathon also get the chance to train with Britain’s Manliest Man Flt Lt Al Pepper.

The RAF Benevolent Fund has charity places available for the London Marathon 2016. To find out more click here.

As well as the London Marathon, the Fund has places available at Edinburgh and Greater Manchester marathons.

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