Personnel at RAF Coningsby are raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, by bench pressing the weight of an entire Squadron!
Between the 2nd and the 6th of December 2019, the team of eight are attempting to lift the equivalent weight of 29 Squadron’s fleet of Typhoon aircraft. This is a total weight of 233,000kg.
In order to complete this daunting challenge, each member of the team will need to lift 100 repetitions of 60kg a day, for five consecutive days.
The challenge is all in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the national charity for bereaved British Armed Forces children.
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers provides a network of support to children and young people who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
This year so far, the charity has supported 400 bereaved Forces children across the UK, offering integral support when they need it the most.
The organiser of the event is Corporal Brett Taylor, ‘As a parent I would always want my child to have the best aftercare possible should the worst happen to me. This charity takes great steps to support children that have suffered the unimaginable.’ He continued, ‘when I decided to raise some money it was natural to involve my interest in weight-lifting, it was just a case of coming up with a suitable challenge!’
Scotty’s founder, Nikki Scott said: “We are so grateful to Cpl Taylor and the other members of his team for choosing to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers. This is a challenge I know Lee would have been first in line for.
“We are always particularly touched when we receive support from the Armed Forces as it helps to reinforce just how important the work we do is. The money raised will help us in our goal to reach every bereaved Armed Forces child in the UK.”
More details can be found at the Just Giving page, Operation Benchplanes