612 Sqn sets 612-mile challenge

April 22, 2021

Leuchars-based 612 Medical Reserve Squadron will aim to bounce back from lockdown with a fundraising challenge in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

Squadron members, along with their friends and family, can walk, run or cycle in a bid to reach a collective total of 612 miles and contribute to the target of £6,120 in sponsorship. 

The past 12+ months have been a tough time for medical reservists who, from the very beginning, have been working tremendously hard fighting the pandemic. This charity event provides an opportunity for everyone to re-connect as a squadron whilst celebrating and remembering the tremendous work of the RAF Benevolent Fund in support of the RAF community.

The challenge will allow Sqn members (past and present), families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors. It does not matter if you are eight or 80, a park walker or triathlete, everyone can walk, run or cycle a few miles towards the 612-mile total. 

The challenge will take place from 22-23 May. Event activities can be undertaken over one or two days. It will be undertaken locally either as singletons, couples, family groups or friends. Please check Government Covid-19 guidelines at the time of the event concerning local travel and social distancing restrictions before undertaking the challenge.

For more information and to register visit the RAFBF Event Registration page at https://www.rafbf.org/event/612-squadron-virtual-challenge 

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, practical and emotional support to the whole of the RAF Family, both serving and veterans, as well as their partners and dependants. During 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the RAF Benevolent Fund introduced a 24-hour emotional support helpline and created an online mental well-being zone, as well as offering Headspace memberships to partners of serving personnel. The Fund has also offered a grant of £2,500 to each RAF station to provide an activity and well-being pack for children and young people. In addition to this, the Fund launched Check and Chat calls for the most vulnerable veterans who are lonely and isolated, expanded its Telephone Friendship Groups and delivered a box of festive goodies at Christmas. 

Michelle Jeffcott, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to see 612 Squadron organising this fundraising challenge as lockdown measures begin to ease in Scotland. This event is a fantastic way for the squadron to bond, work on their fitness, and raise money that will help support the RAF Family. On behalf of everyone here at the Fund, thank you to all of 612 Squadron for their steadfast support.”