Leeming Charity Challenge is going the distance

26 February 2016

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A team from RAF Leeming continues to clock up the miles as it prepares to join a television legend for a leg of his epic charity challenge.

Members of the team setting off on a training walk.

The team, formed primarily of personnel from RAF Leeming’s Logistics Squadron, will be joining Sky Sports presenter, Jeff Stelling, for the York City to Leeds United stage of his Men United March on 22 March.

The Men United Campaign in support of Prostate Cancer UK aims to raise funds as well as awareness of the disease which affects as many as one in eight men. The Leeming team has already raised cash through gate collections and busking outside the Junior Ranks Mess by the Media Team’s own talent, Jon Sibley. Further events in the coming weeks include a race night, bacon buttie and cake sale, and car wash.

Deputy Engagement Officer at RAF Leeming, Jon Sibley, demonstrates his guitar skills by busking outside the Junior Ranks Mess to raise money for the Charity, Men United.

SAC Chris Edge formed the team after learning about the walk through his Saturday football viewing. He said: I like to do something for charity every year and this felt like something that would be really good to do with a team from the RAF.

“My uncle was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago so I saw what he went through – another family friend is fighting it at the moment. It doesn’t just affect the men diagnosed with cancer – it affects their friends, families and colleagues.”

SAC Ures and SAC Thompson collected money for their Chairty (MenUnited) at RAf Leeming main gate. Chris is delighted that he has gained so much support for the walk – and that the team is managing raise more than cash. “I know that this has raised my own awareness of prostate cancer, and that of the team. Hopefully the message will get around station and to families and friends.”

Training for the walk is now well underway – but with just short of 30 miles to cover on 22 March, it’s definitely not going to be a walk in the park. Chris said: “It’s been a bit of a wake-up call really, and shows that the walk is not something you can just turn up to – it takes training and dedication. We have been training in separate groups but it will be great to get everyone together on the day and push on as a team.”

To donate to the team, please log on to: https://www.justgiving.com/LeemingLogs/

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Editor: Lynn Dunne

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