The members of the RAF No. 617 Squadron – AKA the ‘Dambusters’ – are embarking on a 700 mile run to raise money and awareness for Leonard Cheshire Disability just days before heading back to Afghanistan for their final tour of duty.
The Le Court to Lossiemouth Run is a gruelling relay run that will see 7 teams take on 700 miles, in just 7 days. Starting at the site of the very first Cheshire Home, Le Court in Hampshire, and ending at RAF Lossiemouth, the home of the ‘Dambusters’ Squadron near Inverness.
Dambusters Squadron Leader Mark Jackson explained the squadron’s dedication to the cause:
“Embarking on a physically gruelling race isn’t normally the first thing on the agenda following weeks of intensive military training to prepare for deployment, but disability is a cause close to anyone who has toured Afghanistan.
“Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was a commander of our squadron during World War Two who opened his home to disabled veterans following the war. Our guys have seen how the charity supports disabled people today and were moved beyond words. There is no more fitting tribute than to use our strength in the Dambusters Run to repay his.”
Starting on Saturday 5th October, the runners will be joined along the route by royalty, Paralympians, footballers and the Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Ilyas Khan.
You can show your support and donate to the Dambusters Virgin Money GIving page.