Pilot’s charity challenge

Darlington and Stockton Times: FUNDRAISER: Wing Commander Fin Monahan FUNDRAISER: Wing Commander Fin Monahan

AN RAF pilot swapped his wings for walking boots to tackle a charity walk – 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, walked the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall with some colleagues three years after he was diagnosed as having the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

The Harrier pilot underwent often arduous treatment that finally saw him fit to return to Hawk flying in 2011.

With the cancer in full remission Fin, a fatherof-three, wanted to complete a challenge to thank those who helped him back to health.

“We had quite difficult weather and it was tougher than we had expected,” he said.

Funds raised will be split between the Willow Foundation, Myeloma UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Donations can still be made at: virginmoney giving.com/team/wall walkers5.

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