Blades help support 500-mile wheelchair challenge

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Sywell’s Blades aerobatic team has helped support a former RAF serviceman’s epic 500-mile wheelchair challenge.

The Blades are supporting Push 500, a challenge former RAF Regiment Gunner Sean Allerton has set himself.

He aims to roll 500 miles in a bid to raise money for charity after he was left wheelchair bound as a tetraplegic following a motorbike accident in 1993. As part of the challenge, Mr Allerton rolled up and down the runway at Sywell, joined by some of the pilots from the Blades.

So far, Mr Allerton has pushed himself more than 400 miles along runways at RAF stations and airfields up and down the country.

He said: “The Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge is not an organised challenge, it is a personal one for me. I am using a wheelchair and so this challenge is, from the outset, not an easy one.”

Among the six charities that Mr Allerton is raising money for is the Royal Air Forces Association, the current partner of The Blades.

A spokesman for the Blades said: “All former RAF fast-jet pilots and former Red Arrows, the Blades have very strong connections to the RAF and are happy to support Sean in his challenge that will help raise money for the RAF family.”

The RAF Association is dedicated to supporting serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families. They help everyone from an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations or a Second World War veteran needing a shoulder to lean on.

Mr Allerton is also raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, Aerobility and The Forgotten Heroes.
During the challenge, in support of troops currently deployed abroad, he intends to imitate the work of RAF personnel. He plans to complete at least one 24 hour shift, and pull at least one mile carrying the full weight of kit that a deployed soldier would carry on patrol. For more details, visit