In aid of The Royal Air Force Association Emma Marianne is currently undertaking the mammoth task of walking to every RAF Station in the UK. It is a walk of over 2000 miles and will take approximately 5 months. She is camping for the majority of the trip and relying on friends’ good humour for small parts as she travels. She will be using her own limited finances (£5/day) so as not to encumber the charity. Currently, living in Huddersfield, she started the journey at RAF St Mawgan and will be heading up towards Scotland and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, where he son is serving in the RAF Regiment.
My grandmother has always been an inspiration to me as she literally served the troops for most of her life. Her name was Eva Rowland and she was a Brigadier in the Salvation Army, on the Red Shield. She worked tirelessly with my Grandad (also a Brigadier) serving cups of tea, plates of food and looking after them in their most difficult times. She had highs, when she served egg and chips to Winston Churchill, and lows, when the boys did not come home.
I would love to be able in some small way to serve and help the Royal Air Force Association support its family in any way I can, just as my Grandmother and Granddad did looking after "their boys" in their most difficult times.
On 13 Sep 18, it was RAF Woodvale’s turn to host Emma as she approached the halfway mark in her expedition; she met station personnel as well as having the opportunity to fly with Aerobility who were, coincidentally, visiting the station at the same time. After a comfortable night in Spitfire House, Emma headed off over the Pennines to continue her journey.
Emma was joined for the day at RAF Woodvale by staff members from Station Headquarters (Allan Whiteside and Jennifer Lord) whilst walking in the local area on her way up north.
Accomplishing this goal will not only help to raise funds, but also awareness of the work of the charity. I plan to visit all the smaller hamlets around the country talking to people about the Association and the worthwhile work that they do.
All at RAF Woodvale wish her the best of luck for the rest of her journey and good luck in raising money for an excellent cause!