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Former RAF pilot visits airfield on fundraising mission
A former RAF gunner has completed a lap of an airfield as part of his challenge to travel 8,000 miles by wheelchair to raise money for charity.
Sean Allerton, who was severely injured in a motorcycle crash 22 years ago, visited North Weald Airfield in Meridian Way, North Weald, on Wednesday (August 12) as part of his Push 500 challenge, which has already seen him travel more than 1,610 miles.
The challenge, which Mr Allerton began in 2012, is based on the song lyrics of ‘500 miles’ by The Proclaimers and is raising funds for the RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Charitable Trust and Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.
If successful, the 50-year-old will have travelled the same distance as London to South Africa in his wheelchair.
Mr Allerton went round the 3.5mile route on Wednesday (August 12).
Mr Allerton: “I have visited airfields around the country to travel huge distances in my wheelchair.
“Travelling round North Weald on Wednesday was absolutely fantastic.
“I had members of the airfield fire section walking with me as well as a friend who used to serve with me in the RAF.
“It was incredible, I was travelling around the airfield and directors from businesses located there were literally running out and putting cash in my hands to donate.
“It was also my 50th birthday so it was a great way to celebrate.
“I have 390 miles to go until I complete another 1,000 miles, then I will be starting the next 1,000.
“These charities really need help and I will continue fundraising for as long as I can.
“I definitely hope to return to North Weald in the future.
“8,000 miles seems like a long way to go but it is amazing what you can do with an iPod.”
Mr Allerton has already raised more than £23,000 for the charities in his challenge so far.
You can follow his progress or donate to his cause, here.