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Battle of Britain Challenge for RAF Benevolent Fund

1521. Jacob Newson

Jacob Newson, aged 7, from Leeds, has raised over £30,000 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Jacob Newson

To commemorate the 80 year anniversary of the Battle of Britain, he walked 30 miles over two days dressed in his RAF Flying Suit from RAF Manston in Ramsgate to The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne near Folkestone. Previously, Jacob also climbed Pen-y-Ghent in Yorkshire in 2019 to raise money for the charity.

In a personal letter to Jacob, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Congratulations on completing your Battle of Britain challenge!

“I was amazed to hear of how you walked 30 miles over two days to raise thousands of pounds for the RAF Benevolent Fund, which is an incredible achievement.”

Jacob said:

“I am so proud that I kept going and reached the end, it was the hardest thing that I have ever done so thank you for recognising my achievement.”

Pictured below: Jacob after completing his 2-day challenge on 31st October 2020, the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain, and his 7th birthday

Jacob Newson finishing his challenge

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