The Trust is looking forward to welcoming top supporter Jonny Cracknell and his team to the site on Friday afternoon (9 Oct) at the end of an impressive 80-mile fund-raising run.
To mark the completion of this fantastic five-day effort, which is raising money for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum a few miles away at Hawkinge, Jonny will be broadcasting live on our Facebook channel.
The runners, who are marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by tackling the 80-mile challenge, were hoping to raise £3,000 in tribute to the just under-3,000 members of the ‘Few’, but having already smashed that target they are now hoping to reach an even more impressive £6,000.
The runners left the headquarters of the Aircraft Restoration Company in Duxford on Monday at the sart of a route that will take in Fowlmere, Debden, North Weald, Hornchurch, Biggin Hill, Kenley, Croydon, Uxbridge, the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt, Bentley Priory, Tangmere and Manston before reaching Hawkinge and then the Memorial here at Capel-le-Ferne.
Jonny explained: “Our objective is to raise as much awareness as possible, in this poignant anniversary year, for the courageous Few – the young men who defended Britain’s skies during 1940 from the relentless German Luftwaffe and an inevitable invasion.”
The team, which has won the support of the last known surviving member of the Few, Group Captain John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC, is laying 100 memorial crosses at the resting places of many of the Few en route.
Supporters can sponsor the team by visiting Jonny’s page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/battleofbritain80
To see Jonny’s live update on Friday, make sure your Facebook notifications are turned on so that you are notified when the broadcast happens. The video will also be available to watch after the broadcast and will be pinned to the top of the page.