Press release from RAF Honington, 14 November 2012.
Former RAF Regiment gunner Sean Allerton will be completing a 2.5 mile wheelchair ride down the main runway at RAF Honington, Suffolk, on Wednesday 14th November 2012 as part of the ‘Push 500’ Challenge (www.push500.com).
Sean’s life was changed forever, in October 1993, when he was involved in a motorbike accident in Cyprus, when he broke his neck and was left as a tetraplegic. Taking inspiration from The Proclaimers song ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’ Sean decided to raise money for charities by completing that distance, in separate stages, unaided, in his wheelchair. Sean said, ‘During the course of the 500 miles, I intend to do at least one 24 hour shift because the RAF are a 24 hour service. In support of the troops currently deployed abroad, I also intend to pull for at least one mile the full weight of kit and equipment that a deployed RAF Regiment Gunner would carry on patrol.’
Sean has already completed over 340 miles of this challenge, which is in support of several charities including; the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, Aerobility and The Forgotten Heroes.
When Warrant Officer Ian Galloway, of Training Wing at RAF Honington, heard about Sean’s charitable endeavour he immediately invited him to come to the ‘Home of the RAF Regiment’. Ian had been the first person on the scene of Sean’s motorbike accident nearly 20 years previously and had been responsible for ensuring that he was safely rescued and got to hospital.
Warrant Officer Galloway said that, “Sean, accompanied by Luke Delahunty, a fellow injured Ex RAF Regiment Gunner, should be an inspiration to us all. They demonstrate what “Through Adversity” (the RAF regiment’s motto, ‘Per Ardua’) really means. Can I ask that we members of the RAF Regiment and Service continue to support Sean by visiting his website and sponsoring him on his challenge?”
RAF Honington’s Station Commander, Group Captain Andy Hall, said, “What a fantastic display of personal pride, determination and robustness. We are very proud of Sean and it is a privilege to host him at Honington, the home of the RAF Regiment, and to witness his great achievements. He is a shining example of fighting spirit and has our greatest respect. It is impressive what he is doing in support of some great charities. Sean, go for it.”
If you would like to help Sean raise money for his sponsored charities please go to his website www.push500.com and donate.