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Westgate-on-Sea GCSE student cycling to London for the RAF Benevolent Fund

While most GCSE students are looking forward to a lie in come the end of the academic year, Westgate-on-Sea student Jesse Johnstone-Brown is taking on a 75-mile plus bicycle ride for charity.

The 15-year-old, who would like to be an officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, is taking on the cycling challenge to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

His ride will take him from Westgate-on-Sea on 21 July through Whitstable, Faversham, Gillingham, Bromley, and into central London, where he will end his ride with a salute at Buckingham Palace on 22 July.

He will be accompanied on his ride by his uncle, Paul Tomlinson, and his uncle’s partner, Steve Lusk, will drive a support van. 

Jesse said: "I like helping people, no matter who they are, plus, I wanted to complete a challenge. I chose the RAF Benevolent Fund because I want a military career and because they help both serving and former airmen." 

Jesse, a member of the Air Training Corps, has just finished his first year of GCSE's and is studying Maths, English, Triple Science, Religious Studies, Physical Education, History, Geography, and French. 

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity, providing a range of services for serving and former RAF personnel, their spouses, and dependent children. 

The RAF Benevolent Fund spent over £18 million in the last year supporting more than 60,000 members of the RAF family, which includes serving and former RAF personnel and their families. 

Mike Neville, Director of Fundraising at the RAF Benevolent Fund said, "We are so excited for Jesse and really appreciate his support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. It's thanks to him, and other supporters up and down the country, that we are able to help so many members of the RAF family in their time of need. I certainly wish him the best of luck, both on his ride and in joining the RAF in a few years' time."

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