Flt Lt Tim Blackwell and a team of friends and colleagues have completed a special cycling challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and other charities. Their 'Ride of Remembrance' saw them visit 25 former WWII airfields in Kent. Tim tells us more about the challenge.
I came up with the concept of the ride after doing some research on World War Two airfields in Kent. Our team of cyclists included myself, Flt Lt Russ Dowling, Flt Lt Hannah Fulford, Plt Off Paul Howes, Laura Mundy, WO (ATC) Steve Myhill, Dave Collins, Ross Butche, Flt Lt James Vousden and Sgt (ATC) Paul Clack.
Supporting us was Flt Lt Jo Morris, Sgt (ATC) Tanya Romans, Jennie Collins and Pete Wilson.
Our cycle ride took three days, covering 230 miles. Former airfields we visited include RAF Lympne, RAF Kingsnorth, RAF New Romney and RAF Hawkinge, now home to the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.
The RAF Benevolent Fund were an obvious choice to support especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain. Several of the airfields we visited were active during the Battle.
The other charities benefitting from our ride were Parkinson's UK and The Brain Tumour Charity. This charity is particularly close to my heart as my son Oliver was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just three months old. The tumour was removed and to this very day I thank my lucky stars that it was completely benign.
Our Ride of Remembrance was an amazing challenge and raised over £6,000.
By Tim Blackwell