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On this page we hope to highlight planned charity events being undertaken by 202 Squadron Association members or others who have a link to 202 Squadron or SAR Force in general.

Lands End to John O'Groats by Bicycle
On Behalf of the RAFBF

Recently retired RAF Regional Liaison Officer Scotland, Wg Cdr Bob Lander,is planning to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, largely solo and unsupported, in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.  After 44 years in the RAF,starting as a navigator on Vulcans before spending many years either flying on, or involved with, SAR, Bob would like to give just a little back to the Service and raise as much as possible for the Fund.  Living in Scotland, training since January has often been a cold and wet affair with hours spent looking out of the garage door sat on the turbo-trainer!  Arriving in Penzance on 12th May with just a short cycle to Lands End on that day, Bob’s ride truly commences on Fri 13th – what could possibly go wrong?  After night stops in the vicinity of Looe, Exmouth, Chew Stoke (Nr Bristol), Leominster, Warrington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carlisle, Hamilton, Glencoe, Inverness and Altnaharra, Bob hopes to arrive in John O’Groats on Tues 24
May after averaging over 80 miles/day.  The ride is approximately 1000 miles which involves some three-quarters of a million revolutions of the wheels!  This is Bob’s first long-distance cycle event so all the more challenging and he hopes to raise over £2000; if you would like to support him with words of wisdom or encouragement or, better still in raising money for the
Benevolent Fund, you can do so at and follow his progress on his Facebook page.  If anyone fancies a few miles or just a coffee along the route, he’d be delighted to see them!


Charity Walk

I’m writing to ask if you will consider a charitable donation to Cruse Bereavement Care.  In over 2 decades of Search and Rescue flying I've seen the aftermath of too many personal disasters: fatal accidents, suicides and debilitating illness.  I’ve had my own near-misses with such losses: a fatal Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea; 2 of the 7/7 terrorist bombs in London; road traffic collision and the violent endings of friends, including a neighbour on Boxing Day.  I see and share the anger, pain, confusion and dislocation caused to family and friends.  People react to the loss of people close to them in many ways and after today there’s the next day, next week, next year.  Whatever they need, Cruse offers free support, advice and information to children, young people and adults, whether they are alone with feelings of despair; need to talk with others or immerse themselves in activity.  

Me - I like to walk...

Over 15 days, (13 - 27 May), I am taking part in the annual TGO Challenge - a self-supported, back-packing walk across Scotland from West to East coast, over rock and mountain, bog and river.  Participants choose their own route and carry everything they need.  My way across is high-level, remote and rough going one over nearly 240 miles (9 marathons), with up to 60,000 feet of climb (2 Mt Everests).  No marshals, no crowds or checkpoint: walkers must prepare, then turn up and cope.  While the Challenge is a celebration of our freedom to walk through the mountains of the Highlands, I will be remembering those that can't, and hope that you will be able to help me to support Cruse Bereavement Care.    

I am willing to sing for my supper too.  Connectivity in remote places permitting, I am hoping to update my Justgiving page (below), but will also be happy to give information about the highs and lows of attempting the TGO Challenge across Scotland and the challenges of dealing with bereavement that Cruse try to help with.

For more information on the challenge follow the link

300 or so people are accepted to take part each year.  Every participant’s route is of their own devising.  I will be wild camping in my trusty tent every night – high on ridges, in forests, next to lochs and rivers.
Minimum distance (as shown), depending on the number of scenic detours:
≈240 miles (9 marathons) - approx 16 mi per day
>60,000 ft of climb (2 Mt Everests) – approx. 4000 ft per day

I start at Torridon in the far North West and over the mountains around Lochs Mullardoch and Monar.  The first town passed is Fort Augustus by Loch Ness in the Great Glen.  Then over the Monadhliath to include the mountains to the along the A9.  From Kingussie, I route via the beautiful Glen Feshie, over the Cairngorms and through Braemar and Glen Clova to finish at Montrose.  This is a taxing route with only a few opportunities for a short-cut if I lose time.         
Best wishes,

Andrew (Windy) Miller

Because not everyone can walk it off…

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