Pilot takes on walking challenge

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A PILOT will be putting his best foot forward in December to thank those who helped him back to flying fitness against the odds.

Wing Commander Fin Monahan, 44, who is officer commanding operations wing at the RAF Leeming, in Northallerton, will be facing the coast to coast Hadrian’s Wall walk with some RAF colleagues just three years after his whole world changed with the diagnosis of the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

After successful treatment the Harrier pilot – who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery and skill in supporting Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan in 2006 is now in full remission, and returned to Hawk flying in 2011, something he was told he would never do again.

The 84-mile walk will take place over the course of four days, starting on December 1. He will be joined by RAF colleagues and it is hoped the walk will raise at least £7,500, to be divided between The Willow Foundation, Myeloma UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Donations have already exceeded £6,000.

Donations can be made on the following website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wallwalkers5.