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Call for runners to be part of historical RAF Dambuster Run

by Press Release
Tuesday 17th September 2013
Tags  RAF Dambuster Run   |   Dambusters   |   LCD   |   RAF   |   Leonard Cheshire Disability

Charity news: Members of the legendary RAF No. 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron are about to embark on a challenge to run 700 miles in just 7 days, helping to raise much-needed funds for the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability- October 5-11, 2013

Members of the legendary RAF No. 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron are about to make history and embark on a heroic challenge to run 700 miles in just 7 days.

This endurance challenge, which takes place between 5 and 11 October, will help raise much-needed funds for the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The charity was founded by legendary war hero Group Captain Leonard Cheshire who commanded No 617 Squadron during WW2. Runners are being offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run side-by-side with the celebrated RAF 617 Squadron.

The charity’s Chairman, Ilyas Khan, will lead the dedicated Dambusters team of runners, starting on Saturday 5 October, at the site of the very first Cheshire home, Le Court in Hampshire. They will finish at the RAF base in Lossiemouth near Inverness, the home of the Dambusters, on the afternoon of Friday 11 October.

Keen runners are being invited to put their best foot forward and jog between 5 and 20 miles as part of a relay team. Supported by a dedicated transport crew, participants will ‘pass the baton’ en route, pounding through the streets of many English and Scottish towns. These include Oxford, Peterborough, Lincoln, Blackburn, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

RAF colleagues at bases around the UK will swap their wings for their running shoes and join in the celebrations along the route. They will provide motivation and inspiration by cheering on the team or taking part in a leg of the journey.

Disabled people, volunteers and staff from the charity’s homes and day centres, will also join local residents and school children to line the streets and show their support for the RAF Dambusters team.

Sarah Ball, National Events manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability said: “We are calling are for runners to join us and be part of a relay team for this exciting event.

“This is a unique chance to run alongside the well-known 617 Squadron as part of a relay team on one of the seven days. You will also be helping to raise awareness of our historic charity and honour its founder, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire.”

Leonard Cheshire Disability has been chosen as the official charity partner for RAF No. 617 Squadron -commonly known as the ‘Dambusters’ - as it commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid with a host of events, fundraisers and media activity.

The partnership aims to raise £70,000 for the charity and pays tribute the charity’s founder – Group Captain Leonard Cheshire.  Cheshire became the youngest Commanding Officer and one of the most decorated bomber pilots of the conflict upon the award of the Victoria Cross in 1944.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Dambusters Run should contact Klara Wertheim, Events Assistant at Leonard Cheshire Disability, on
020 3242 0365 or email: klara.wertheim@lcdisability.org.

Join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DambustersRun

For more details check out www.lcdisability.org

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Their services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, their global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. Visit www.LCDisability.org

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