Lee swaps a chopper for a cycle

SAR Crewman Sgt Lee Clark from RAF Wattisham, who recently visited RAF Boulmer during a 1,800 mile cycle ride for charity.
SAR Crewman Sgt Lee Clark from RAF Wattisham, who recently visited RAF Boulmer during a 1,800 mile cycle ride for charity.

AN RAF Search and Rescue crewman visited RAF Boulmer during an epic cycle journey in aid of charity.

Sergeant Lee Clark is cycling 1,800 miles circumnavigating all six of the UK Search and Rescue bases.

His route is taking him anti-clockwise, calling in at RAF Leconfield, RAF Boulmer, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Valley and RAF Chivenor, before returning to his base at 22 Squadron, RAF Wattisham in Suffolk,

Lee has made this journey even more challenging, by giving himself only three-weeks to complete the task.

All money raised will go to two charities – Combat Stress and St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

Lee recalled his experiences during an operational tour in Afghanistan,

“I did a tour with a Medical Emergency Response Team out there and I have seen the injuries that the guys were coming home with. You only have to watch the documentaries on Afghanistan and Iraq to realise that a lot more people have seen some horrific incidents on the front line, which I feel will lead to a lot of people needing help in the future, which is why I chose to support Combat Stress.

“I also wanted to get the local community involved, so I chose the St Nicholas Hospice, because it does a fantastic job, not just for people with terminal illnesses, but also their families.

My sister has terminal cancer, and even though she lives in North Wales, St Nicholas Hospice is more than prepared to offer help and assistance to me because of what she is going through.”