Emma Marianne is a Royal Air Force mum whose son serves at RAF Lossiemouth and is taking on an epic walking challenge to raise money and awareness for the RAF Association.

Forces Radio BFBS broadcaster Hal Stewart spent an afternoon walking with Emma as she was on her way to RAF Henlow as part of her ‘Walk For Wings’ challenge.

"The work they do is so exceptional and I want to help them continue the care of our service men and women, past and present.

"Whenever there is an injured airman/woman struggling to get back on their feet the RAFA are there, or a widow of a WW2 veteran needs a shoulder to lean on they are there.

"They're there when a family needs support to stay strong and connected despite the separation that comes with RAF service. No one ever feels alone or unsupported with the RAF Association.”

The RAF Association have supported more than 2,300 Royal Air Force children who struggle when their parent is deployed or away.

They distribute more than 1.8 million in grants to serving and ex-serving personnel and work with other charities to help homeless ex-military personnel to rebuild their lives.

Emma is hoping that her ‘Walk For Wings’ will raise £10,000.

Emma with her bear mascot

“The walk is a statement of how challenging life can be. It's going to be tough at times, but with RAFA there's always hope and most importantly help.

"I hope to raise significant funds to help the charity continue their selfless work.”

This walk will take in a large number of RAF stations dotted across the UK mainland in just five months she will have walked 2,000 miles.

“I will be walking to every active RAF Station in mainland UK. I will be following a pre-planned route that I will be keeping followers of my journey up to date with on social media.

"Visiting each station, I will have photos to prove I've been there and look forward to meeting active service men/women as well as veterans on the journey.”

Emma on her walk

Emma has been camping and staying in accommodation offered to her as she travels.

“I am very excited to be doing this. My grandmother who served the forces nearly all her life with the Salvation Army, even serving egg and chips to Winston Churchill would have loved to join me if she'd still been here.”

Support Emma and RAFA here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/walkforwings

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