In an epic journey through the UK’s most daunting terrain, Birmingham man and RAF veteran Steve Green is currently gearing up to complete a 192-mile trek over 14 days, across the coast of St. Bees to Robin Hoods Bay. A former RAF Junior Technician, Steve will complete the challenge in support of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, in wake of their centenary anniversary.
The 'Coast-to-Coast Bimble' will start off the coast of St. Bees on the Irish Sea, calling at the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, and finally finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea Coast.
Starting on May 10, the 53-year-old is set to conquer the enormous feat to support serving personnel and ex-RAF veterans and their families. Steve served in the RAF from 1983-1995, stationed at RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire, working on the No. 100 Squadron on the English Electric Canberra Aircraft. During his service he was also posted in the No. 111 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in Fife on the Tornado F3, where he spent his last five years in the service.
Steve said: "My drive for this challenge is to raise money and awareness for the RAF Benevolent Fund – to celebrate their centenary and the services they provide to the RAF family. After serving in the RAF for more than 12 years, I wanted to do something to give back to the RAF community, by supporting a charity that directly aids the welfare of the Royal Air Force.
"It's going to be a soggy few days and nights, kipping in my tent on cold, rocky shores, but the pie and a pint at the end of it will make it all worthwhile!"
Steve, who now lives in Littlehampton, West Sussex and works at Bournemouth Airport, has previously completed many charity walks, including the walk for Blind Veterans UK, Help for Heroes charity walk, the South Downs 100-mile walk, the 130-mile Normandy Beaches Walk, and the 150-mile walk along the coastal path from Newquay to Falmouth.
Charlotte Barmby, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "We are very proud of Steve's effort to support the Fund and wish him the best of luck in this incredible challenge! It's great to see a former RAF serviceman going to such lengths to aid the RAF family."
Last year, the RAF Benevolent Fund supported more than 53,000 people with a wide range of welfare needs, from relationship counselling, to the Airplay youth support scheme, and care home top up fees for elderly RAF veterans.
To show your support and sponsor Steve in the Coast-to-Coast Bimble, visit his JustGiving page.