Dambuster Johnny accepts cheque for RAF Benevolent Fund
Johnny Johnson accepted a cheque on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund in August. Johnny is the last surviving original member of No. 617 Squadron RAF and of the Dambusters raid and was honoured for his role in the WWII bombing raid in 2017.
Emma Madge and her 15-year-old son, Cameron, cycled 100 miles from London to their home in Wiltshire and in doing so raised more than £1,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Cameron was inspired to raise money for the Fund after attending a talk given by Johnny in Bristol last year.
The pair joined the 97-year-old veteran for lunch at his retirement home in Bristol, where Johnny shared memories of his time in the RAF and of receiving his MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2017.
Emma said: “The whole experience was just amazing. I'm not a cyclist so I relied on friends who offered advice and helped me train. I was unwell not long before the cycle, so I doubted whether I was even up to it!
“It was as much a mental challenge for Cameron as a physical one and I couldn’t be more proud of him. We smashed our 10 hour target by an hour and a half so we arrived home early to a crowd of family and friends waving flags. Although only Cameron and I completed the cycle, we couldn't have done it without the generosity of our support network.”
Cameron added: “It was an absolute honour to meet Johnny and to hear him talk in so much detail about his time in the RAF. He presented me with a copy of Bomber Command Memorial: We Will Remember Them that he’d signed - this will always remind me of taking part in this challenge and meeting Johnny himself.”
You can show your support by donating to Emma and Cameron’s Virgin Money Giving Page: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaMadge