A team from 99 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, will be setting out on a 100-mile trek in October to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. In this guest blog, team member Corporal Martin Atkinson tells us more.
Six of us in total will be doing the trek along the South Downs, which we aim to do in four days completely unsupported, cooking and staying in tents along the trail.
We will be setting off from Eastbourne on 30 October and hopefully finishing in Winchester, 100 miles later, on 2 November.
The colleagues joining me are SAC Aaron Hopkins, SAC Simon Williams, SAC John Taylor, SAC Josh Kerrison and Flt Sgt Scott Mitchell.
My father was in the RAF based at RAF Bruggen and unfortunately passed away in 1986 when I was two years old, leaving behind my mum, my big sister and me. The RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in to help fund mine and my sister's education at The Duke of Kent school, Surrey and then Kings School, Bruton, for me and Sunny Hill School for my sister.
So that's why I wanted to support this amazing charity as I know firsthand about the important work that the Fund does for people, and without their help I wouldn't have left school with such a good education and good exam results. The Fund is the reason I joined the RAF and I am currently a successful and well respected serviceman.
By Martin Atkinson