Joining the thousands of fundraisers to hit the streets of London later this month, RAF Senior Aircraftman Jack Heyes from Bexhill-On-Sea will be running in this year's London Marathon in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
The 22-year-old is a Flight Operations Assistant currently stationed at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, and has been with the RAF for more than two and a half years.
SAC Heyes said: "The London Marathon has been a personal goal of mine for many years, and to further spike my motivation I am thrilled to raise money for a charity as important as the RAF Benevolent Fund.
"Both my parents served in the RAF and, as a serviceman myself, I understand how important the work that the RAF Benevolent Fund does to aid the welfare of RAF personnel; not only for servicemen, but also their families and veterans."
This will be Jack’s first marathon, having previously only ever run 10k. The last of his 10k runs was in Żagań, around the Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III, which was the site of the Great Escape.
Heather Kemp, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "I wish Jack huge luck as he takes on the challenge of the London Marathon later this month. I know training for a marathon is no mean feat, so I thank Jack for his dedication and for choosing to support the RAF Benevolent Fund.
"This year is an exciting year for the Fund, as we mark our centenary, and celebrate 100 years of support for the RAF Family. It's thanks to determined fundraisers like Jack that we are able to continue this vital work."
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 sponsor Jack in the 2019 London Marathon, visit his JustGiving page.