Tuesday, December 1, 2020

RAF Coningsby serviceman to run 1,500 miles in a year for charity

A serviceman based at RAF Coningsby is doing all he can to support the RAF Benevolent Fund despite the Coronavirus crisis.

Chief Technician Mike Williams was due to take part in 10 marathons, half marathons and 10K races throughout 2020 to raise money for the charity. Although a number of the challenges he had signed up to have been postponed or cancelled, he is now pursuing his secondary goal of running 1,500 miles over the course of the year by completing 35 miles weekly.

Mike lives in Tattershall and has been in the Royal Air Force for 18 years. He decided to take on this fundraising challenge in memory of his Boston Buccaneers teammate Senior Aircraftman Scott Stevenson. Scott passed away in September 2019 following a head injury sustained during an inter-services Rugby League fixture.

Mike said: “I’m committed to running 1,500 miles in honour of Scott to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He was a valued member of the Boston Buccaneers and his passing came as a complete shock to the entire rugby world, so this is an opportunity to remember him whilst giving something back.

“It’s been hard to stay motivated during lockdown, but once the trainers are on and the first mile is out of the way it is easier to carry on. Competing against friends on Strava has also helped keep me on track!”

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, emotional and practical assistance to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families. This includes grants to help with financial difficulty, specialist advice on benefits, support with care needs, and more. In 2019, the Fund spent nearly £250,000 supporting personnel and their families at RAF Coningsby.

Lisa Hunt, RAF Benevolent Fund Regional Fundraiser, added: “We’re extremely grateful that Mike is continuing to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund while paying tribute to his teammate throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

“Amongst many other services, the Fund offers bereavement support and various emotional wellbeing initiatives to help look after not only those who are serving in the RAF but veterans and the families of current and former members of the RAF too.”

You can support Mike by making a donation through his fundraising page: justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-williams103

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