RAF Cranwell cadets to cycle 883 miles in aid of Joshua’s boxes

St Marks Shopping Centre Lincoln

RAF Cadets will be leaving their base behind as they head to St. Marks to take part in an 883 mile cycle challenge.

On the 13th and 14th June, A Squadron from RAF College Cranwell will be at St. Marks to raise money for North Wales based charity, Joshua’s Boxes.

13 Cadets will be heading to St. Marks to complete an 883 mile challenge on 4 static bikes across the two days.

Aircrew Cadet Joseph Geeson, based at RAF Cranwell said:

Joshua’s Boxes is an amazing charity which helps parents remember a baby they have lost. It is close to the hearts of one of our Cadets due to a personal incident, and as they don’t receive much funding we want to help raise as much money as possible.

The Squadron chose this distance in memory of Flight Sergeant Arthur Louis Aaron.

Joseph said:

Victoria Cross winner, Flight Sergeant Louis Aaron is a role model for future Aircrew here on A Squadron. The 883 miles represents the distance from RAF Cranwell to Turin where he was attacked whilst flying. We thought the distance would not only be a good challenge but would also honour the Flight Sergeant.

Valerie Johnson, Centre Manager at St. Marks said:

We’re looking forward to welcoming the A Squadron and hope that shoppers are able to support the charity activity.

Joshua’s Boxes helps to provide parents with tangible ways to remember their much-loved baby. The memory boxes are available at hospitals throughout the UK and are filled with items to help parents remember their baby, including a disposable flash camera, a cuddly toy and a hat and blanket.

A Squadron will also be bringing details of Joshua’s Boxes and Flight Sergeant Aaron’s story to provide shoppers with further information.

For more information regarding Joshua’s Boxes please visit www.joshuasboxes.co.uk.

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