Ride for RAFA

With the Ride for RAFA challenge only weeks away the cyclists training has been stepped up a gear with a minimum of ten hours a week in the saddle being required.

The ten hours is being made up by a gruelling mix of training on static bikes in the gym, spinning sessions and on the road riding to prepare them for the challenge.

The team have recently been in talks with Jon-Allan Butterworth about his possible involvement in the ride. Jon-Allan is an ex-RAF weapons technician who lost his arm whilst serving in Iraq in 2007. He took up the sport of cycling and is now aiming for gold at the Paralympics in London 2012. As Jon-Allan has received assistance from RAFA he is very supportive of the ‘Ride for RAFA’ and is hoping to join the team for a training session and maybe a leg of the event.

The team took part in their first fundraising collections at local supermarkets. At Morrisons in King’s Lynn they were joined by Watton Air Cadets and some of the members of the RAFA King’s Lynn Branch, who arrived with two birds of prey and collected outside the store for the ride. The Ride team set up a display inside the store and together they raised £780.  A few weeks later the team went to Tesco’s in King’s Lynn, again assisted by RAFA and Watton Air Cadets. On this occasion approximately £1,300 was collected. So a big thanks goes to the gentlemen from the RAFA King’s Lynn branch and the Air Cadets who gave up their time to help raise the money. Also a thank you must go to Morrisons and Tesco’s in King’s Lynn for allowing us to set up inside the store, as without their support the collection would not have taken place.

If you wish to make a donation to the Ride for RAFA you can at the following: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/rideforrafa, Text: RIDE to 70007. Text message cost £3 plus one message at your standard network rate. Please ask the bill payer’s permission. An average of £2.74 will go towards the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal which offers support to serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families, whenever they are in need. Or cheques can be made payable to: Service Funds RAF Marham and sent to Tornado Structures Flight (TSF), Royal Air Force Marham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9NP.

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