Two Royal Air Force Logistics Drivers aim to walk non-stop for about 15 hours at their base in the Falklands to raise money for charities that support people with Crohn’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease.
SAC Terence ‘Si’ Leyman and Corporal Andy Houston will tread the long corridor at RAF Mount Pleasant, where they are based on deployment in the Falkland Islands, in a fundraising drive starting on September 2.
The base is home to what is known as the 'world's longest corridor' which, at 800 metres long, links the barracks, messes, and recreational and welfare areas of the station.
The pair plan to walk up and down the corridor, which is sometimes dubbed the 'Death Star Corridor' by personnel.
The friends expect to walk for about 15-and-a half hours.
The aim is to spend as much time walking as it might take for a flight from the Falkland Islands to RAF Brize Norton.
The money raised will go towards the work of two charities Crohn’s and Colitis UK, and Darby Rimmer MND Foundation - both of which they have a personal connecton to.
SAC Leyman, speaking about why he had chosen Crohn’s & Colitis UK, the UK's leading charity for Crohn's and Colitis, said that his wife suffers from the disease. He said,
“It became my life mission to raise awareness and fundraise for CCUK as much as I could, so that I can help increase their chances of finding a cure for her.”
The friends, who are being supported by colleagues, are also raising money for Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, a Motor Neurone Disease charity that spreads awareness and gives support to those with the diagnosis.
The charity was set up by RAF veteran Chris Rimmer and former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer, Stephen Darby, both of whom have MND.
Corporal Houston explained why he has chosen this charity to support with the walk, saying:
"Darby Rimmer MND Foundation is a special charity to me and all the personnel who served in the RAF with Chris, the co founder."
The challenge will see the friends walk for about 50 miles each of the long corridor.
People can show their support by sharing the challenge or donating to the fundraising page.