The Blades Website 05 Feb 13

Article from The Blades website, 05 February 2013.

Swapping wings for wheelchairs 05 February 2013

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team welcomed a very special guest to the Tiger House at Sywell Aerodrome as Blade 1, Mark Cutmore, swapped his wings for wheels to support Push 500, a wheelchair challenge.

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team welcomed a very special guest to the Tiger House at Sywell Aerodrome as Blade 1, Mark Cutmore, swapped his wings for wheels to support Push 500, a wheelchair challenge.

Former RAF Regiment Gunner, Sean Allerton, set himself the challenge of rolling 500 miles in a wheelchair in a bid to raise money for charity. Sean decided to take on the challenge after he was left wheelchair bound as a tetraplegic following a motorbike accident in 1993.

Sean visited the home of The Blades on Friday 1st February to roll down the runway at Sywell and knock a few more miles off his target. He was joined on the day by Blade 1, Mark Cutmore, as they took to the runway with Mark joining Sean to push just over two miles.

So far Sean has pushed himself more than 440 miles along runways at RAF stations and airfields up and down the country.

Sean said; “The Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge is not an organised challenge, it is a personal one for me. I am using a wheelchair and so this challenge is, from the outset, not an easy one.”

Amongst the six charities that Sean is raising money for is the Royal Air Forces Association, the current partner of The Blades.

The RAF Association is dedicated to supporting serving and ex RAF personnel and their families. Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on their feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, the RAF Association is there to help.

During the challenge, in support of troops currently deployed abroad, Sean intends to imitate the work of RAF personnel and complete at least one 24 hour shift and pull at least one mile carrying the full weight of kit that a deployed soldier would carry on patrol.

Sean is also raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, Aerobility and The Forgotten Heroes.

To find out more about the challenge, or to make a donation, please visit www.push500.com.

Take a look at the ITV Anglia report to find out how Sean and Mark got on with their miles when Push 500 came to Sywell. Watch the video.

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