RAF bikers ‘take off’ in aid of Glenrothes

WINGING IT: RAF bikers with cadets from 2311 Woodside and 1192 Kirkcaldy Squadrons.
WINGING IT: RAF bikers with cadets from 2311 Woodside and 1192 Kirkcaldy Squadrons.

A half baked idea by a group of Royal Air Force employees to motorcycle their way round the UK visiting a number of RAF bases has blossomed into a full-blown charity project that will benefit Glenrothes reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The idea ‘took off’ after the group of pilots and ground support staff, who are also keen motorcycle enthusiasts had the idea of visiting RAF bases that have a connection with Leonard Cheshire, the highly decorated World War II bomber pilot who received the Victoria Cross.

The idea soon developed into 1,200 mile bike ride with the result of raising some much need funding for Leonard Cheshire Disability Homes in Glenrothes and York.

One of those involved was John Middleton Regional Commandant for Scotland and Northern Ireland Cadets, he explained: “It started out as a bit of a folly to go on this Leonard Cheshire trail, but soon we were working out just how we could go about such a trip.

“We’re all bike enthusiasts and then it was suggested we make all the effort worthwhile and what better way than helping the disability charity that he set up.

“So we’ve persuaded people to sponsor us and we expect to raise in excess of a thousand pounds which will be split between the disability home here in Glenrothes and one in York close to our base.

“There’s six of us, with the oldest being 68 years old on motorbikes and we’ve got a support vehicle team of a further two bodies which have followed on behind us on the designated route.

Those involved are all stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire and will complete the round trip in four days having used RAF Leuchars in Fife as one of their stop over locations.

John added: “”It’s actually been harder work than we first expected but the hospitality and generosity shown by all the staff at the bases, particularly here at the Leonard Cheshire home in Glenrothes has been quite overwhelming.”