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Team's Ben Nevis trek

Last month a group of 31 supporters climbed Ben Nevis to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, Team RAFBF Lossiemouth member Karen Cox, who supported the group in their fundraising efforts, tells us more about it.

On 7 June a team of 31 walkers, which included serving personnel from RAF Lossiemouth, spouses and the wider RAF family, trekked the path up to Ben Nevis to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Ben Nevis trekkers with Ben ElephantHayley Tedds, whose husband Jonathan is currently serving at RAF Lossiemouth, said: 'I wanted to organise something for the RAF Benevolent Fund because of the amazing work they do and the idea of doing something as a big group would increase the family atmosphere of the challenge.'

When Hayley found out she was pregnant, she handed the training and planning over to Scott and Nele Sharman, who were both experienced hill walkers.

Scott, who is currently a winchman on 202 Sqn "D" Flight at RAF Lossiemouth was able to share his knowledge of Ben Nevis and the risks of hill walking, making sure everyone was physically and mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.

The youngest member of the team was nine-year-old Tyler Tedds, who completed the trek in just over five hours, hardly out of breath and feeling very happy with himself!

A flypast from 202 Sqn "D" flight boosted everyone's morale and was received with great delight by all the walkers. After many summit selfies the team headed back down and the last walker was off the Ben by 7pm, just as the weather was turning and the rain had started.

On finishing the trek, Nele said: 'Everyone's determination and enthusiasm was empowering. Every single one of them amazed me with their walking spirit. It was an emotional and physically exhausting day, but I hope everyone enjoyed the experience and the high that Scott and I always get when we go walking and it encourages them to do more challenges.'

Hayley and Nele were supported throughout their challenge by Team RAFBF Lossiemouth, who were set up in November 2012 to raise funds and awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund locally.

The final amount raised by the team was £2,700.

By Karen Cox

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