Forces Charities

RAF Man And Wife Near End Of Virtual Charity Walk The Length Of GB

RAF man John Andrews and wife Sam began their trek on 23 November 2020.

An RAF man and his wife, who has incurable breast cancer, are nearing the finish line on a virtual charity walk from Land's End to John O'Groats after just four months.

John Andrews, who is based at MOD Abbey Wood, and wife Sam, began their challenge on 23 November 2020 to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and The Royal United Hospital Bath Forever Friends Appeal.

Mrs Andrews has been fighting stage four incurable breast cancer since August 2016. Since the diagnosis, both groups have given the couple invaluable support.

The couple took on the walking challenge with the aim of completing 874 miles, which (by road) is the distance between Land's End and John O'Groats – the most extreme southwest and northeast points of Great Britain respectively.

They wanted to raise £250 for the charities and have so far raised £1,170.

Mr Andrews said: "When the lockdown first hit, Sam was unable to leave the house because she was classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, but there was a need to keep fit, both physically and mentally.

"We wanted to buy a treadmill, but we couldn't get a hold of one anywhere.

"We got in touch with SSAFA who secured one at RAF High Wycombe. One of the volunteers, Dawn, drove all the way to RAF High Wycombe to collect and deliver the treadmill to us.

"It was such an incredible and selfless thing for them to do for us and made a real difference to Sam's wellbeing."

The couple are walking in the local area, covering distances of up to 26 miles.

Mr Andrews added: "We initially set out with the aim to complete the challenge in 12 months, but that seemed too easy, so we decided to try and complete the walk in just six months."

They hope to finish their journey this weekend.

Cover image: SSAFA.