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Students hit the saddle to pedal 100km for 100 years of RAF charity

Fifteen Bristol University Air Squadron students will cycle 100km in a bid to raise £100 each for the RAF Benevolent Fund's Centenary year this weekend.

Bristol University Air Squadron Students 1004100From left George Bullock, Matt Carr, Ben Bellchambers, Daniel Colbran, Arsh Dang, Will Gray.

Some students will cycle the city loop in pairs, completing 50km each while others will tackle the full 100km, spending up to six hours in the saddle.

Twenty-one-year-old Francesca Kennard-Kettle, a BUAS member, said: "We're all busy with end of year exams and revision so it's been a challenge to prepare for the fundraiser, but we have done really well so far. As someone who plans to join the RAF following my studies, it’s important to me to support their welfare charity. The Fund is like a safety net, we may need it one day."

The students will set off on Saturday and take a route along country roads on the outskirts of the city. The fundraiser isn't the first time the Squadron have gone the extra mile for the Fund, they've already assisted at dog shows and held a UV dodgeball contest this year.

Regional fundraiser Charlotte Barmby said: "The students at Bristol University Air Squadron are fantastic supporters of the Fund and this includes the brilliant 100km for £100 bike ride. As we celebrate our centenary year, it’s reassuring to know the Fund has so many dedicated supporters helping us to help the RAF Family for the next 100 years."

The Squadron hopes to raise £1,500 with the bike ride and donations can be made on their JustGiving page.

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