An RAF chef recently hung up his whites as he took part in a sponsored trek of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
As a chef serving in the RAF, Richy Hartley cooked up to 800 lunches a day for servicemen and women in Afghanistan.
Now a chef at RAF Coningsby he undertook the nine-day trek as part of a 13-person team - climbing a total of 4,200 metres.
“The ascent was quite challenging,” Richy said. “As we not only climbed steadily higher but also adjusted to the altitude.
“Reaching Machu Picchu and knowing that I’d raised £630 for the RAF Benevolent Fund made all the hard work worthwhile.”
Mike Neville, Director of Fundraising at the Benevolent Fund, said: “Few people realise the extent of the work the RAF Benevolent Fund does.
“Each year we spend more than £18 million supporting over 60,000 members of the RAF family, which includes serving and former RAF personnel and their families.
“With the funds raised by Richy, we can provide a year’s worth of Airplay youth services for two children or provide more than a year’s worth of care home top-up fees to allow an elderly veteran to stay in the care home of their choice.”
Richy added: “Having worked for the RAF for 10 years, I’ve seen first hand how the RAF Benevolent Fund is there to support servicemen and women and their families.
“This was an experience of a lifetime and I’m so glad it can help others in need too.”