RAF Marham Keeping Fit for the RAF Ben Fund

Personnel from RAF Marham raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund by completing the RAF’s Bleep Test en masse.

The ‘Bleep Test’ or shuttle run fitness test forms part of the RAF’s fitness test which is completed by all serving personnel on an individual basis throughout the year. It was the idea of SAC Ben Holder to try and encourage as many people from the base to participate in the test and make a donation for the RAF Benevolent Fund at the same time.

As the September sun shone, personnel along with the RAF Benevolent Fund’s mascot Ben Elephant warmed up ready for the event. The atmosphere was definitely one of fun – as enthusiasm for the challenge was demonstrated by the 361 personnel who took part.

The clear winner on the day was the RAF Benevolent Fund, a collection from the event raised in excess of £400 with money still coming in.

On hearing the fundraising total, organiser SAC Ben Holder an aircraft technician said, “The idea for the event occurred to me when speaking to someone who was preparing for their fitness test. I thought we could raise money for a great service charity and bring people across the station together with this event. People attitudes to the idea have been extremely positive and I am thrilled with the response. I would like to thank everyone who gave their time today in making this fundraiser such a success”.

RAF Marham Station Commander Gp Capt Harvey Smyth OBE DFC ADC MA RAF ran in the event today and said “It’s brilliant news that we have once more raised a substantial amount of money for the RAF Benevolent Fund: on a daily basis I see how the Ben Fund benefits our people, so it’s good for us to be able to give a little back. Today’s challenge is even more impressive when considered against that fact that RAF Marham is incredibly busy at present, supporting three different operations in three very different parts of the world.”