RAF Reservist Richard Poile is preparing to tackle the gruelling Fan Dance Challenge to raise funds for our work. In this guest blog, Richard tells us more about the challenge and his RAF background.
I joined the RAF Regiment Reserves a number of years ago as a gunner and found myself in amongst a great bunch of lads and lasses; they were like a second family.
From day one there was a sense of belonging and sometimes, when the training was tough, the sense of humour that prevailed was just the best. These are the people that you would trust implicitly with your life and you with theirs.
I saw the Fan Dance Challenge in operation when I was in Brecon on holiday and that was all I needed to set me on course to do it myself as a way to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The reason I chose this charity is firstly because I am in the RAF Reserves, but more importantly because of the tireless work they do for their former and current RAF personnel and their families.
My training for the Fan Dance Challenge has already begun. I have been going for long walks/hikes, load-bearing runs through Knole Park in Sevenoaks, as well as doing weights, sit-ups etc, as a way to prepare for the arduous task ahead.
If anyone else is thinking of raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, then I would say to them, go out and do it, no matter what it is that you do. Every penny counts, literally, as the Fund rely on our donations to survive and to continue providing the excellent support and assistance to members of the RAF family.
By Richard Poile