RAF widow, Romana Morton, has culminated her recent fundraising running efforts for the RAF Benevolent Fund by running Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in memory of her late husband, Flight Lieutenant Nigel Morton. Romana's husband died in a Tornado crash in Scotland on 2 July 2009.
To begin with, Romana was daunted by completing 1km but she has now covered a total of 43km over a series of runs, starting with a 5km park run on her birthday. Why 43km? Because her husband was serving on No 43 Squadron RAF when he passed away – he was also 43 years old and was killed at 11.43am.
The Minister for Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, met Romana at the Holyrood finish line after she was waved off from Edinburgh Castle by Air Officer Scotland, Air Vice Marshal Ross Paterson.
Veterans Minister Graeme Dey said: "I am very pleased to be here to congratulate Romana as she completes her Fundraising challenge.
"Romana's courage and determination to succeed during such difficult circumstances is an example to us all and I hope that anyone who finds themselves in similar circumstances is encouraged and inspired by Romana's story."
Over the last decade, Romana has come to terms with her great loss, battled against breast cancer, nursed her sick mother and seen her son flourish. The RAF Benevolent Fund has supported Romana throughout those 10 challenging years, so Romana wanted to fundraise to give something back.
Her entry into running has been assisted by Murray Macpherson who has provided one-to-one training sessions and helped build Romana's confidence to be able to tackle distances which she previously thought were impossible.
Reflecting on her emotional run at a reception kindly hosted by the Holiday Inn Express Royal Mile, Romana Morton said: "I did this for my family and all those who have been there for me over the last 10 years, but above all, I did it for Nigel."
Gavin Davey, RAF Benevolent Fund Director for Scotland, commented: "Romana is a shining example to women of all ages everywhere and her determination and bravery would inspire others in similar circumstances.
"2019 is the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Centenary, so we're launching a 3-year project to double the number of people we support annually. We wouldn't be able to do this without the generosity of people like Romana, so from all of us here at the Fund – thank you."
Romana has raised more than £2,600 for three charities: the RAF Benevolent Fund; Breast Cancer Care, and Scotty's Little Soldiers. You can show your support by donating via her Virgin Money Giving page.