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on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. Posted in Charity Work
The world’s oldest fixed-wing Flying Squadron, II(Army-Cooperation) Squadron, was formed in Farnborough on 13 May 1912 as one of the original Squadrons of the RFC. The Squadron quickly gained fame for a number of long distance flights around the UK and one of it’s first ever flights was from Fanrborough Airfield to Montrose in Scotland . In honour of this historic flight and the Sqn’s centenary, we, the modern-day II(AC) Sqn, intend to recreate this challenge by completing the distance of this flight every day for 100 days by means of Running, Cycling, Rowing and Cross Trainer equipment. The distance from Farnborough Airfield to the Modern Montrose Airport is, according to Google Maps, 1074km which involves walking and 2 ferry crossings. Collectively as a team, this means covering over 100,000 Km during the 100 days.
We will carry out this challenge during the Sqn’s deployment to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK in aid of the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers. This charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of fallen servicemen and women with the aim of offering a respite – however brief - from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.
Any donations for this great cause will be extremely appreciated. You can donate via our charity page here.
Every year, families in the UK hear the news they’ve been dreading: a loved one serving in the British Armed Forces has been killed.Proud mums and dads lose precious daughters and sons, wives and husbands their soul mates, but perhaps most poignantly of all – young children lose a beloved parent. Scotty’s Little Soldiers exists to bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of the children our fallen heroes leave behind. Inspired by army widow, Nichola Scott, following the death in Afghanistan of her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, known by many as ‘Scotty’, the charity raises money to provide treats, outings and activities so that bereaved forces children – and their families-can enjoy an occasional break from their everyday struggles.Lee will always be remembered by his friends and colleagues as a loyal 26 year old soldier serving with the 2nd Royal Tank regiment, but he was also a fun and loving father-of-two. He leaves behind his six year old son, Kai and 19 month old daughter, Brooke. We know that a birthday gift, trip to a theme park or visit to a zoo won’t take their grief away, but if we can offer a brief respite to these brave children coming to terms with their loss, we believe our efforts won’t have been in vain. We have got big plans and high hopes for the charity including buying holiday homes so the families can have breaks away, but we need your help to succeed. Fundraising events are underway and our launch party is on Saturday 28th August in Tidworth, Wiltshire, the town where Lee was based and lived with Nichola and the children in their army quarter. We are hoping it will raise lots of awareness as well as money to help the charity take off in a positive way.