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RAF team abseil the Forth Rail Bridge for the Fund

This weekend supporters including a team of 20 RAF personnel from 612 (Reserve) Squadron at RAF Leuchars took on the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Forth Rail Bridge Abseil 2017

This unique challenge sees entrants to abseil 165 feet from the iconic Forth Rail Bridge — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nick Styles, who served for 29 years in the RAF Regulars before joining the Reserves, explains: "Every year the Squadron decide what charity they would like to support, and this year we chose the RAF Benevolent Fund. Since January we have taken part in an array of events, from cycle challenges and marathons to quiz nights and super-car events, all to raise money for the Fund.

He continues: "So far we have raised over £5000 and we’re hoping that this event will bring even more money and awareness to the Fund so they can continue the wonderful work they do supporting the RAF Family."

Zee Fletcher, regional fundraiser for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "Nick and the team are going to incredible lengths for the RAF Benevolent Fund and we couldn't be more grateful! The dedication they have shown is second to none. The donations from the challenge, and indeed the whole year of fundraising, will help us to continue providing support for serving personnel and veterans, whether it’s through respite care, financial top-ups or emotional support. Thank you 612 Squadron!"

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