RAF Leeming pilot who fought back from cancer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wing Commander Fin Monahan during the Hadrian’s Wall walk Wing Commander Fin Monahan during the Hadrian’s Wall walk

AN RAF pilot swapped his wings for walking boots to tackle a charity walk in tough conditions -and raised more than £15,000 for those who helped him back to flying fitness.

Wing Commander Fin Monahan, officer commanding the operations wing at RAF Leeming, took on Hadrian’s Wall with some colleagues just three years after his whole world changed with the diagnosis of the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

At the time, the Harrier pilot – who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery and skill in supporting Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan in 2006 – was at staff college in India.

When the cancer was diagnosed, he underwent often-arduous treatment that finally saw him fit to return to Hawk flying in Hawk flying in 2011, something he was told he would never do again.

With the cancer in full remission Fin, a father-of-three, wanted to complete a challenge showing how far he has come and to thank those who helped him back to health.

So, along with some aircrew colleagues, he embarked on the 84-mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall.

“We had quite difficult weather including snow and it was tougher than we had expected because of that, and we were carrying packs the whole time. It was also very, very cold,” he said.

Dionations are now topping £15,000 with the money to be split between the Willow Foundation, Myeloma UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

*Donations can still be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wallwalkers5.

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