Article from the RFCA (Reserve Forces & Cadets’ Association) website, 05 September 2013.
609 (WR) Sqn Push 500 Charity Challenge
Mr Sean Allerton suffered a broken neck in a motorcycle accident 20 years ago whilst he was a serving member of the Royal Air Force, a gunner with 34 Squadron RAF Regiment. Although a wheelchair user and officially classed as 100% disabled, there was no way he was going to rest on his laurels and he was determined to repay, in some way, the assistance he has received from RAF Charities.
Taking his inspiration from the well-known song by The Proclaimers, he has embarked on a series of 500-mile wheelchair pushes, raising sponsorship and funds for his chosen charities.
Such an event took place at RAF Leeming on the evening of 28 August 2013, organised by Flight Sergeant Vic Rose of 609 (West Riding) Squadron. Additionally supported by personnel of 34 Squadron RAF Regiment, 100 Squadron, the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron and the RAF Benevolent Fund, Mr Allerton completed 12 miles on the Station’s airfield, finishing at 2200hrs when bad visibility stopped play!
The date of the event was especially chosen as it was the anniversary of him joining the RAF, the same time as his lifelong friend, Flight Sergeant Mick O’Gorman, who currently serves on 34 Squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Leeming.
609 West Riding Squadron, based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, is the only RAuxAF unit in Yorkshire and The Humber. Initially formed in February 1936 in Yeadon, 609 Sqn played a vital roll in the Battle of Britain and is one of the most famous of Auxiliary Squadrons, with a proud tradition to live up to.
To find out more about the RAuxAF in Yorkshire contact 01677 457127 or 01677 457125/457123.