Chris Della Porta and Andy Markham
This May Andy and I will be taking on The Dambusters Ride to celebrate the 100th birthday of the last Dambuster, Sqn Ldr George L 'Johnny' Johnson MBE DFM and to help raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
On the night of 16-17 May 1943, the RAF's 617 Squadron carried out an audacious bombing raid in the Ruhr valley, the heart of Germany's war machine. They were disciplined, courageous and determined and I hope to channel that when I take on the Dambusters Ride to honour the service of the Dambuster crew.
The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity and has been there, through thick and thin, for the RAF for more than 100 years. In 2019 they helped more than 71,700 current and former members of the RAF and their families.
It's a cause that's close to my heart and with your support the RAF Benevolent Fund can continue to be there for veterans, serving personnel and their families.