Sunday, 06 December 2020

RAF Benson personnel complete charity cycle ride

SERVICE personnel and staff at RAF Benson completed a 115-mile charity cycle ride.

The 40 Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel, engineers, support staff and aircrew from the base and RNAS Yeovilton took a day to reach the naval base in Somerset.

They have so far raised more than £4,700 for the SSAFA, Myeloma UK and RCDM, the military wing of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The cyclists were inspired by Lieutenant Commander Sean Dufosee, who was medically evacuated from Afghanistan in April last year after he was found to be suffering from multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer.

Warrant Officer 1 Tel Bastyan, of Commando Helicopter Force, said they wanted to support “Duffers”.

He said: “As a serviceman, there are many ways you imagine you will return from an operational tour but I doubt being diagnosed with cancer is one of them. Duffers has undergone aggressive chemotherapy in order to reduce his ‘light chain levels’ sufficiently and is about to embark on a stem cell transplant.

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