This September a mammoth motorcycle ride to the Netherlands is taking place to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Motorcycle Outreach. In this blog the organiser, Simon Dufton, tells us more about this motorcycling adventure.
I'm a 51-year-old father of six and I work as a sales director for equipment leasing company, Deutsche Leasing.
This year we are organising our third charity motorcycle ride to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the famous attempt to seize the bridges on the way to the German border.
The adventure starts on 17September 2014 from RAF Conningsby, the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I'll be doing this brilliant cycle ride with friends which will see us visit:
- the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek where we will lay a wreath at the RAF Memorial
- the Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemetery, again at Oosterbeek
- Landing Zone 'S' where Dakota KG374 flown by Flt Lt David Lord VC crashed on 19 September 1944.
Our charity ride will end on 19 September 2014 where we will watch the slow march of pipes and drums at the John Frost Bridge at 6.30pm and the Commemoration at the Airborne Monument, Arnhem at 7pm.
For our 2012 and 2013 Dambusters charity motorcycle rides we were chuffed to bits to have the support of 617 Sqn.
As a result of our links with 617 Sqn, my better half Jo and I were invited to the 2013 Annual Reception at RAF Lossiemouth where Sqn Wg Cdr Dave Arthurton, XO Sqn Ldr Mark Jackson and the RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander, Gp Capt Ian Gale told us about the wonderful work that the RAF Benevolent Fund do, and we decided that we'd support the charity in 2014.
We are looking for people to get involved in our motorcycle ride. You can sign up for this wonderful adventure by visiting www.dambusters2014.org.uk. You will need to raise a minimum of £250 and donate it online at the Virgin Money Giving website.
By Simon Dufton