Charities to benefit from RAF Coningsby challenge

Members of RAF Coningsby’s Typhoon Training Facility (TTF) have handed over a cheque to charity after completing 100 Stations 100 Days.

TTF members, as well as RAF, MOD Civil Servants and BAE Systems personnel raised £2,622 after visiting 100 Lincolnshire bases in 100 days.

The sites dated from the earliest days of the Royal Flying Corps, bomber and fighter command bases of the Second World War, the nuclear era of the Cold War, and current operational bases within the length and breadth of the county.

The participants used various modes of transport; feet, bicycles, motor cycles and even canoes.

A cycle ride from RAF Cranwell to RAF Coningsby started the 100 days on Thursday June 7 earlier this year and it finished with a final ‘Marathon Day’ on Friday September 14.

The team ran from RAF Waddington to RAF Coningsby and visited Colby Grange, Metheringham and Woodhall Spa on the way.

The £2,622 raised is being split between two charities - the Lincoln County Hospital Special Care Baby Unit and Pilgrim Hospital Boston Breast Care Unit.

Members of the team said: “This was a very rewarding experience.

“As well as being able to raise some money for two deserving charities, it was great to share the legacy of aviation heritage that can be found in ‘Bomber County’ with our colleagues.”

Adrian Graves, on behalf of United Lincolnshire Hospitals, said: “Once again the personnel from RAF Coningsby and colleagues have offered great support to the hospital wards to which we are very grateful.

“Raising £2,622 will go along way in helping the wards provide care to the patients.”

The cheque was presented by Steve Brown, Head of Training at the TTF, together with members of the team to Kristy Wilkinson, United Lincolnshire Hosptails NHS Trust, Nocton Ward at East Kirby in front of Lancaster Bomber ‘Just Jane’.