Hampton Air Cadet raises money for the British Heart Foundation
Last year’s leaver, Alex Witt got on his bike this weekend to complete a 100-mile overnight charity bike ride to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.
It has been a busy summer for Alex, who has been an RAF Air Cadet since the age of 14. Last term he was awarded the Geoffrey de Havilland Scholarship in recognition of his skills and committment to the Cadets. This is Alex’s second scholarship award and marks him out as one of the top RAF cadets in the UK. As part of the scholarship, Alex was awarded flying lessons at Tayside Aviation School in Dundee and the opportunity to fly solo. Scholarship recipients are also expected to demonstrate altruism and to this aim, Alex decided to swap the cockpit for two wheels and raise funds for the Heart Foundation, and to contribute to the De Havilland Scholarship fund for those cadets following in his footsteps.
My 100-mile route was chosen to honour the memory of those pilots who flew missions of up to 10 hours in the pitch black over enemy territory during the Second World War. The route joins the design buildings of the Geoffrey de Havilland company, and the airfield from which John Cunningham flew so successfully for 604 Squadron in the Second World War. This has a personal meaning for me as one of my grandfathers worked on Beaufighters and latterly Mosquitos for John Cunningham as an electrician, and the other as a draughtsman for de Havilland’s at the Hatfield site.
Alex chose to support the British Heard Foundation after losing both his Grandmothers to heart disease and in recognition of a life-saving heart operation that surgeons performed on his sister when she was 14-years-old. He is hoping to raise around £2000 for his causes. Life continues apace for Alex, who heads to Oxford University this autumn and will now fly with the Oxford University Air Squadron. He hopes to become an RAF pilot after university.