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My 1000-mile pledge for the RAF Benevolent Fund

Darren NormanFlight Operations Manager Darren Norman has been raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund for the past four years. In this guest blog he tells us all about his latest fundraising challenge – the 1000-mile pledge.

I've been in the RAF for over 12 years and I'm currently stationed at RAF Leuchars.

Over the years I've seen how the RAF Benevolent Fund has helped serving members of the RAF and their families as well as veterans. So for four years, I've been trying to raise money and awareness of the Fund.

I started the 1000-mile pledge in January 2013. How it works is that you make a pledge (a donation) and say you'll run, walk or cross train 1000 miles within 12 months.

So far I've completed 771 miles with three months to go and I've currently raised £344.53 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

My determination to make the challenge a success was intensified when I heard the awful news of my good friend Cpl Stu 'Robbo' Robinson of 15 Sqn RAF Regiment whose vehicle was hit by a homemade bomb, resulting in him losing both his legs.

There are currently 25 people who have made a pledge and hopefully there'll be more who take up the challenge. My wife and my auntie Janet, who aren't runners, have entered the Santa Race this December which means they'll be joining me in some of my training runs as well as helping me to raise money for the Fund.

By Darren Norman

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