Nigel Malkin will take on the Dambusters Ride

On Saturday 14 May, Nigel Malkin from Bangor, North Wales, will be taking on the Dambusters Ride, a cycle fundraiser organised by the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. Nigel Malkin (51) was inspired to sign up for the ride after his son joined the Royal Air Force as a weapons technician.

The Dambusters Ride pays tribute to members of the RAF’s 617 Squadron who were assembled to bomb three dams in Germany’s Ruhr Valley on the night of 16-17 May 1943 as part of Operation Chastise – also known as the Dambusters raid. It was a risky raid, dropping the revolutionary bouncing bomb at low level, and the cost was high. Of 133 crew who left, only 53 returned.

In addition to joining the Dambusters Ride in May, Nigel has already taken part in the Anglesey 10K and also intends to complete the Anglesey Trail 10K, Snowdonia Quarryman 5K trail run, Snowdonia 10K trail run, London to Paris Bike Ride, and the Bangor 10K, all in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Nigel said: “When visiting my son in Lincolnshire last year, we stopped by the International Bomber Command Centre and heard about the brave airman of the Second World. I’ve always had a keen interest in history and signed up for the Dambusters Ride to pay tribute to everyone that serves in the RAF, both past and present.

“I’ve been cycling for around seven years now, although the last couple of years have been a bit quieter. I’m looking forward to kick-starting my cycling and increasing my mileage this year while raising money for the Fund which does such important work supporting RAF personnel.”

The Dambusters Ride consists of two elements: a Virtual Ride on 7-8 May and a Heritage Ride taking place in Lincolnshire on Saturday 14 May.

For more information and to register for the Dambusters Ride, please visit rafbf.org/ride.

The RAF Benevolent Fund provides financial, emotional, and practical assistance to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families. This includes grants to help with financial difficulty, free memberships for Headspace, Airplay youth clubs, and more.

Lisa Hunt, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, added: “The Dambusters Ride was an enormous success in 2021, raising nearly £200,000 for the Fund. We want this year’s event to be even bigger, so we’re calling on our supporters and any eager cyclists to join the 2022 challenge. If you’re unable to make it to Lincolnshire for the main event on Saturday 14 May, please consider signing up for the virtual ride, which will allow you to complete your miles in any other location over the weekend of 7-8 May instead.”

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