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I've already had an entry and have done many marathons, half marathons, triathlons etc but don't want to keep tormenting my friends for donations for my passions. However, I've put a load of training in, I've got an entry and then my Dad died two weeks before the event.

We are having his funeral on Monday 7th April just 6 days before the VLM and asking friends and family not to waste money on Flowers but donate to the RAF Benevolent fund. 

You see my Dad was a legend, he served as a Brat (Apprentice) at age 16 in the RAF (1946) and later became a commissioned jet pilot flying Vampires, Canberras and F86. He ejected twice including one very bad accident in 1963 where all crew from two Canberra flying in formation were killed at low level. Dad ejected and his head smashed the canopy breaking his back badly, he was found lying in a ditch with his May-West inflated and spent 4 months in hospital.

That would put most people off flying but not my dad. He returned to his post and flew the Canberra and other Jets until he was in his early 40's.

The injury hampered him greatly and later in life it was quite debilitating but Dad continued on and even fell out of trees in his 80's. If he put his mind to it he could do anything but one thing he couldn't do is live forever.

I am very proud to say that he is my Dad and I'm very proud to have his dogged determination and enthusiasm. That's what gets me to the end of an Ironman and that's what will get me to the end of the Virgin London Marathon is a personal best time.

Thanks for reading and thank you very much for supporting the memory of Squadron Leader Gerry Willis - my Dad.



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Wow - what a day which was made even better by the support of my friends and family. Its amazing how many people got behind me on this. I have wanted to break 3 hrs and 30 mins for a while now and you've helped me achieve that goal and at the same time honour my beloved Dad.

14/04/14 10:42

Raising money for

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Charity Registration No. 1081009

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family. We are here to help serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us.

Raising money for

Run by The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Charity Registration No. 1081009

Donations 57

Well done Fred we did think of you on the day but were away x

Donation by Anonymous on 23/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fred. Amazing run. Would have made your Dad proud, as you have all of us......xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14

Well done Mr Fred : )

Donation by Jem Hall on 17/04/14

Good effort on the little jog around London village

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Fred.

Donation by Nicola & Simon Martin on 16/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Fred. Cracking effort for a great cause. Your Dad would be ever so proud. Anna, Davie and Talia x

Donation by Anonymous on 14/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Dude.

Donation by Lincoln on 14/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Fred, amazing time & your new PB. All for such a fantastic charity too. Good work Fred. Xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

WELL DONE FRED! with love from John and Philippa

Donation by Philippa Pullinger on 13/04/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck buddy.

Donation by Mike Smith on 13/04/14

£20.00

Good Luck Fred I know you'll be fabulous! And such a lovely cause xx

Donation by Anonymous on 13/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great work and good luck Fred

Donation by Sam on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Fred

Donation by Andy & Toko on 13/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Have a great day

Donation by Liz lawrence on 13/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For Gerry, I'm feeling a personal best Freddy! Good luck tomorrow buddy we will be cheering you on (watching TV in bed) see you Wednesday.

Donation by Love the Martinz Xx on 13/04/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

I know you'll do your best time with your dad proudly watching over. Good luck.

Donation by Anonymous on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A fine cause. You'll do your dad and family proud I'm sure.

Donation by Simon Barnes on 12/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Fred, a good cause .

Donation by Lynn and Andy Riggs on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sad news Fred. I am sure you will smash the race. Gonna be a tough day on many levels x

Donation by Emma H on 12/04/14

£26.20

+ £6.55 Gift Aid

Fred, your a great son to Gerry., and Gerry was a great neighbour to us.

Donation by Muriel and George Fleming on 12/04/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Fred- will look out for you on the telly. Will you be at the front? Sure your Dad will be watching over you..

Donation by Jules on 12/04/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Fred, you will smash it! xx

Donation by Anna on 12/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Enjoy the day!

Donation by Tim Tarrington on 12/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Gerry and Fred,2 great men,good luck. Timo,Zani,Skye&Pixi x

Donation by Timo on 12/04/14

£61.00

+ £15.25 Gift Aid

Best of luck Fred, you're running for a great cause. Hope you enjoy the day.

Donation by Pete on 11/04/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,507.20
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,507.20
  • Gift Aid£351.80

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