A stalwart fundraiser will attempt a gruelling 380-mile charity cycle from Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth – and back again – in aid of Armed Forces charity SSAFA.
Staff Sergeant Jason Green, a Royal Military Police non-commissioned officer based at RAF Leuchars, has set himself the formidable task of completing the challenge in only five days.
SSgt Green said: “SSAFA provides lifelong practical support and assistance to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families in times of need.
“As someone who comes from a military background – both my father and grandfather served, the latter in both the Army and the RAF – I can appreciate the unique challenges and pressures associated with service life.
“Hopefully, I won’t ever need to call on SSAFA for help, but by raising funds to support them, and by endeavouring to inspire others to do the same, I can do my bit to ensure their assistance remains available for those who need it most.”
SSgt Green came up with the idea of cycling between the two RAF bases to pay homage to the illustrious history of the RAF in Scotland.
“Throughout its history, the Royal Air Force has maintained a strong reputation in Scotland, he said. “The Army is respectful of that and, at Leuchars, it is pleased to have the opportunity to maintain its good relationship with local communities.”
SSgt Green arrived at Leuchars earlier this year and is part of a team tasked to ensure that the transition of the base from RAF to Army control is achieved as smoothly as possible.
Once this task is accomplished, he will join 110 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police, one of three Army units which will be based at Leuchars Barracks.
SSgt Green added: “My wife and children have already moved across from Germany and we really love it here.”
SSgt Green will complete his challenge with a little help from support driver, Lance Corporal Jonathan McLelland, whose family come from Anstruther.
LCpl McLelland is a sixth-generation member of the Armed Forces and a 10-year veteran of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. His regiment will arrive at Leuchars in 2015.
LCpl McLelland said: “I am delighted to be posted to Leuchars after nearly 10 years at Fallingbostel and my wife and daughter are over the moon to have daddy home from Germany!”
SSgt Green will take to the road on Monday.
To follow his progress or to make a charitable donation, visit his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/jgreen380