Typhoon Girls invoke Dunkirk spirit to raise £3000 for SSAFA Forces Help charity

Pictured are eleven of the eighteen ladies taking part in a charity bike and rowing event for SSAFA.  All the ladies are part of 6 Sqn Typhoons, RAF Leuchars.
Pictured are eleven of the eighteen ladies taking part in a charity bike and rowing event for SSAFA. All the ladies are part of 6 Sqn Typhoons, RAF Leuchars.

Eighteen personnel based at Royal Air Force Leuchars have undertaken an endurance challenge to row and cycle a distance equivalent to that between Leuchars and Dunkirk in France.

The charitable exercise challenge which took place in front of DW Sports in Dundee on Saturday, July 21, raised £3000 for SSAFA Forces Help, the UK’s oldest Armed Forces Charity.

The majority of the 18-strong female team work within 6 Squadron who deliver RAF Leuchars’ primary mission - maintaining Quick Reaction Alert (QRA), protecting the airspace around the Northern UK. The squadron operate the Typhoon multi-role aircraft so the team have dubbed themselves the ‘Typhoon Girls’.

Corporal Grace Flannigan, a member of 6 Squadron at RAF Leuchars, said: “We all had a wonderful day in Dundee and were lucky as we had glorious sunshine for our event.

“The generosity of the people supporting us to raise money for SSAFA Forces Help gave us the extra stamina needed not only to complete our initial challenge to cycle and row the distance between Leuchars and Dunkirk but to cycle and row the equivalent distance back to Dover on a return journey.”

“The idea was to complete a non-stop challenge, taking it in turns on exercise bikes until we reached the equivalent of 583 miles, which would be Leuchars to Dover and then Calais to Dunkirk. In addition, we used a rowing machine to ‘cross’ the 27.2 miles of The Channel in between.

Corporal Flannigan added:“SSAFA Forces Help does incredibly valuable work supporting Armed Forces personnel that are currently serving or have previously served their country.

“The Dunkirk evacuation is one of the most famous examples of people doing their utmost to help Service personnel in difficulty so we have used that as our inspiration.

“It is very appropriate that we should raise money for SSAFA as the charity has staff based at the RAF Leuchars Community Centre who provide support for our people and their families.”

For details visit www.ssafa.org.uk/